Likely just by the title of this post, you will know where I stand on this matter, but I completely respect that everyone has their own unique situations and their own opinions and now is the time to share them!
Here is the background story on the privacy of childrens' names...
My son is turning 5 in a few weeks and we are frantically (my fault, I know!) trying to put together a little birthday party for him. You see, up until now, we have celebrated his birthday with both sides of the family, but we have not yet held an official "kid party" for him. This is his lucky year!
In researching who he was going to invite, I thought the best place to start would be with his classroom teacher. I wrote her an email requesting a class list to be sent home. In the past, we always receive a class list of first names so that we can spell their names properly, teach our children how to recognize their classmates' names and make them cards for events such as Valentine's Day.
Not this year and there was a reason behind it.
Apparently our school board has made a new policy that class lists will not be distributed home in order to respect the privacy of the children.
I completely understand why last names won't be shared, but first names? Really?!
Here is why I don't understand it. While everyone has the right to their privacy, when you look at the situation and think about it, the class names are readily available anyhow.
Most children can recite their entire class list to you so it is just the spelling of the names you are unsure about. When parents go to the school on Parent Night, they will see all of the childrens' names all over the place and if they wanted, they could easily compile a class list of their own! Teachers label everything including desks, cubbies, hooks, artwork and more!
My Question to You Is...Does your school or school board have a policy like this?
What do you think about it?