Birth right: Did school questionnaire cross line with parent?

07/02/15 by Chasity McLeod

Plenty of parents have filled out question and answer paperwork when their child enters school. A Connecticut mom was faced with the same task, but took exception to one question that just seemed to stand out more so than the other customary ones.
The question asked if her son was born through traditional birth or via a C Section, and the mom, Cara Paiuk, quickly responded that the question was no one's business and didn't answer accordingly.
Paiuk stands by the notion that the question is moot and doesn't, as the school indicated, determine whether or not a birth defect is present based on how the child was born, particularly since C Sections have become more commonplace recently.

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The school responded that the form had been standard practice for two decades and no one, until Paiuk, commented on the document or determined that they didn't want to fill it out.
Paiuk brings up a valid point when she contends that it isn't the job of a school administrator to determine if the child has any issue as it relates to birth, but rather than should be put to a doctor or medical professional to make that call.
While Paiuk is certainly within her rights to not fill out the form, that question in particular, the school shouldn't be chastised too heavily for a form that they believed wholeheartedly was perfectly fine until Paiuk made it into news.
Granted, the question itself really seems out of place on an incoming form for a mom to fill out about a five year old. You can understand to some extent why the school wants to know this information but the connection between how a child was born and why they're struggling to learn is a real stretch between points A and B. This one feels more like point A all the way to point Z.
That said, the school may just have let the question stand due to no one questioning it, even though in and of itself, it makes little sense on this type of form. Paid was right to ask why, and the school rightfully is open to reviewing what they're doing and their protocol in response to a mom who took offense to a question that wasn't intended to elicit that kind of reaction.
In this case, you like to believe this is one party disagreeing with a particular inquiry and the second party seeing it as a viable concern that they'll either change or not.
Is it possible that both parties involved are right? 
In this case, the answer is a resounding yes.

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