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Health Officer Weighs in on Harbor Springs School Survey

Emmet County Board of Commissioner Chair Rich Ginop and Dan Thorrell, Health Officer for Health Dept. of Northwest Michigan, recently had an email exchange regarding the troublesome Harbor Springs schools survey we blogged about here.

Here's what Mr. Thorrell wrote to Chair Ginop: "I want reiterate that no sexual questions are included in the survey for 5th to 8th graders. The survey you sent me was the first draft purposely sent out to parents to get their feedback. The middle school parents responded and the survey was modified to reflect their feedback. As of today students still have not received a survey. In addition, all parents have an opportunity to opt out so their kids do not receive a survey at all. These types of surveys have been done for years through the school systems throughout the state and in Emmet County. Harbor Springs Schools administration asked the health department to simplify and shorten the existing State survey called MIPHY. This is how the Health Department got involved at this time."

While we are relieved to hear that the 'sexual' questions were axed and that parents can opt out, we still wonder:

Why does the Harbor Springs school administration think it's important to circulate a survey of this nature, and are the 'sexual questions' still a part of the survey for the high school students? Also, does the Board of Education have a 'survey policy'?

We hope answers are forthcoming.


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27 feb. 2023

So glad to hear it! These kinds of surveys are actually dangerous for our children.


25 feb. 2023

“Contrary to conventional wisdom, when it comes to sex, less experience is better, at least for the marriage,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist and senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies (and an Atlantic contributor). In an earlier analysis, Wolfinger found that women with zero or one previous sex partners before marriage were also least likely to divorce, while those with 10 or more were most likely. These divorce-proof brides are an exclusive crew: By the 2010s, he writes, just 5 percent of new brides were virgins. And just 6 percent of their marriages dissolved within five years, compared with 20 percent for most people.


24 feb. 2023

So you all got your knickers in a knot for nothing. Cripe.

04 mrt. 2023
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Lynn, our knickers are in a knot, and will stay in a knot, because these types of questions should not be in ANY school survey. ERG has been told that a health department staffer made up these questions and tried to foist them on children. Looks like the questions made it through to the high schoolers, who are still 'children.' What other kinds of perverse shenanigans are going on? You seem to not care. I encourage you to become informed.

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