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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 10/12/2010

Sex survey for D.C. middle schoolers

By Aaron Morrissey

How far is too far when it comes to asking the District's public school students about sexual behavior? Is it acceptable to ask them if they can name the bodily fluids that transmit HIV? If they know how to put on a condom correctly? Whether they know how to "convince a reluctant partner to use barrier protection?" Where do you draw the line? That's the question raised by this report in the Georgetown Dish, who discovered that a survey which was given to students at Hardy Middle School is asking some very frank questions about sexual acts and identity -- ones that I'd be willing to bet many adults would blush at.

The survey was developed by Metro TeenAIDS, a nonprofit that aims to increase HIV/AIDS awareness among youth, and is reportedly part of an initiative introduced by DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee in 2008. The Dish got their hands on the letter that informed parents that their children were going to be part of a program which would be used to research the knowledge of children and warned parents that the questions they ask "may make your child feel uncomfortable." Though whether parents were able to truly give their informed consent is still up in the air:

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 12, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, schools  
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