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“How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?” “Have you ever had oral sex?” “The last time you had sexual intercourse, did you or your partner use a condom?”
No, these are not inquiries traded by adults pondering the safety of a consensual encounter. All these are questions being asked of 12-year-olds by their public school district. You read that right.
The 2021 Fairfax County Youth Survey includes these questions and others about sex, along with invasive questions regarding truancy, tobacco, alcohol, drug use, and criminal behavior. Administered by the Fairfax County School Board and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the survey aims, in their words, to “determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs” and “identify changing trends and areas of need.”
Although it is supposedly anonymous, and parents have the right to opt their children out, it has understandably sparked a new controversy in a state that has become ground zero in the nationwide debate over education.
In recent months, parents have grown more and more upset by curricular content within public schools, demanding changes for the sake of