SPRINGFIELD - When is it your kids' teachers' business to know what you think about gay marriage and health care? When it's a part of their homework and their grades depend upon it. At least that's what a 7th Grade Aurora Colorado social studies teacher conveyed when he sent home a survey asking students to assess whether they and their parents are "Lefties" or "Righties."
Fairly recent high schoolers are saying they had similar worksheets in the past few years, so attaching this kind of school work to the controversial Common Core curriculum is likely misplaced. However, a central part of the Common Core curriculum is the schools' efforts to gather private data from students - including their political views. This particular assignment inspects personal attitudes:
Among the topics asked about were a current hot topic:
Other topics included Guns, Abortion, Crimes & Punishment, Environment, Education, Free Speech & Religion, Defense, and Taxes.