There is that moment when you think certain factions must be exhausted, they can’t possibly find anything more to complain about. But now it’s an academic survey (or two, right?)
I made the mistake of asking what the big deal was. I saw this on a Facebook page. The folks on the page made me notice an academic survey was an issue that I didn’t know was an issue in the first place…..back down the rabbit hole…you know the drill they want people to know it’s an issue, but only if you agree with them….
What REALLY made me notice was WHO had ratcheted up this issue in the first place:
Ada Nestor is like West Chester’s own Marjorie Taylor Greene. Except she tanked in her election. She wanted to be on the West Chester Area School Board. Appears to be desperately seeking relevance she is still at it. Here is an #AnonymousAda refresher (screenshots courtesy of WCASD Constituents) :
So of course because I asked what was so bad about the survey they posted which is anonymous and seemingly optional I should probably post the screenshots taken of it:
The study for March in the letter screenshot OPENING the post is not for the survey in the screenshots, it’s another one done by The University of Michigan. It’s part of the Monitoring the Future Project.
Monitoring the Future (MTF) Public-Use Cross-Sectional Datasets
The Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth annual surveys were designed to explore changes in important values, behaviors, and lifestyle orientations of contemporary American youth. The surveys began in 1975 with 12th-grade students only. Eighth- and 10th-grade student surveys were added in 1991 under the title Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys) and, in 1996, the designation “12th-Grade Survey” was added to the titles of the subsequent 12th-grade surveys. When examining the issues covered by the series, two general types of tasks may be distinguished. The first task is to provide a systematic and accurate description of the youth population of interest in a given year and to quantify the direction and rate of change occurring over time. The second task, more analytic than descriptive, involves the explanation of the relationships and trends observed. Each year, large, distinct, nationally representative samples of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students in the United States are asked to respond to drug use and demographic questions, as well as to additional questions on a variety of subjects, including attitudes toward religion, parental influences, changing roles of women, educational aspirations, self-esteem, exposure to sex and drug education, and violence and crime – both in and out of school. In each grade, students are randomly assigned to complete questionnaires with a subset of topical questions in addition to a set of core questions on demographics and drug use. For a guide to the questions asked each year in each questionnaire, along with their subject areas and variable names, users may refer to the question indexes under the For Researchers section below.
For more information, visit the Monitoring the Future Web site .
Years Produced: Annually. Note: the 1975 data is not available. Data available from NAHDAP are the annual cross-sectional datasets
For more information about the MTF Restricted-Use Data, see Monitoring the Future (MTF) Restricted-Use Cross-Sectional Datasets
I actually discovered this on my own. In spite of what Ada thinks (or when she demonstrates a lack of thinking which apparently is like breathing), I was curious and wanted to check it out. But if course she has to go all super toxic and say people went to me with their panties in a bunch? Oh come on now. Really? Has she elevated me to a God status??? How amusing.
Once again we have to ask these Stepford Wives for Totalitarianism why is everything nuclear warfare instantly and why do their rights matter more than everyone else’s? Ada acts a very angry woman and you read what she writes about “they” will “wish” they had voted for her and this “war hasn’t even started yet.”
Can we have an anonymous quiz about these people and how all they are interested in is personal glory and tearing up communities over their bullsh*t?
I still do not get what the big deal is. If you don’t like it, your kid doesn’t have to do it. But what is wrong with the questions? Too personal? Kids shouldn’t know what politics their parents discuss? It’s bad to say your parents are immigrants? Parents do not want to be outed as grooming their kids to be their little soldiers instead of being free thinking human beings on their own?
How I look at this survey is life today is very different than the Donna Reed lifestyle of the 1950s. The study is anonymous. It is data gathering but NOT FOR the West Chester Area School District. It’s sociological research. Again I remind these people, that someday people will study in school what we are living through right now. I wonder what future generations will think of the modern years of democracy at risk? What will they think of how a global pandemic was treated? Do none of these people have any intellectual curiosity whatsoever? How will history relate this time in our lives right now?
I am actually trying to get information from Research Professor to gain a better understanding of the March survey because I don’t see the survey as a big deal to have another Waterloo over. But I bet given the ruckus Ada is making they don’t want to speak with anyone. I am happy to share what they tell me IF they even respond.
Anyway, sign me tired of these people and their constant haranguing of everyone and everything. They are tearing our communities apart, and I resent that. I remember the days when you could disagree and have a conversation and actually work together to get things done. With these people, it is like a community cancer. All they do is destroy. They aren’t about anything other than just getting their own way and being the loudest voice in the room. It’s why people won’t run for office from either political party, it’s why they are leaving office. From the most local level, to Washington D.C.
And then there are the two screenshots to follow. And it makes you wonder.
Above are comments left somewhere (not sure where) that were deleted seems to explain one of the surveys and why it occurred, so why were they deleted? Two separate surveys in WCASD and they have made a mountain out of a mole hill with reasonable explanations?
The one I posted screenshots of I am told was made by a student at Rustin from an AP class so it was a student peer study then? It was voluntary and anonymous but not required so what is wrong with a STUDENT project?
The Michigan study is separate and in March and has been done for decades. It’s about drugs and alcohol- so they combined the two surveys without having all of the facts, when it’s two separate things?
Aren’t all of you tired of these people destroying our communities? Aren’t you tired of these people foisting their ugliness and vitriol on everyone?
I know of course because I wrote this, they will start the next round of nastiness towards me and whomever else disagrees with them. But I can’t help but wonder how history will reflect upon them?
Try to have a peaceful weekend.
I enjoy your blog. I may not always agree with you, but on this one…100%. All of these self appointed arbiters of right and wrong with their “us vs. them” mentality telling everyone they need to be angry is nothing if not undemocratic. How can we ever expect our governments to function as intended when we can’t even be civil to our neighbors? Or maybe it’s the other way around. One despairs.
One does despair.