Schoolchildren being asked to snitch on their parents? The Soviet Union during the 1930s? Cuba whenever?

           No, actually, suburban Boston, Massachusetts right now?:

A Boston-area school district is apologizing after parents complained about a survey given to kids as young as sixth grade that probed deep into their home lives.

Administrators with the Triton school district distributed an optional Harvard University survey to public school students earlier this month that asked kids to rate which parent is more "honest" and "caring" and disclose their parents' attitudes on race and economic equality.

How fair do your parents think it is that some people in this country have a lot of money  others just have a little money?" asks one question, prompting students to select responses ranging from "very fair" to "unfair" to "I'm not sure." 

Do your parents do anything to help people who have less money?" another question asks. 

The optional survey is part of the "Making Caring Common Project" — by Harvard's Graduate School of Education — that seeks to help educators, parents, and communities "raise children who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities."

Harvard thinks the rat-out survey—all in the name of reeducation—is just great :

Making Caring Common (MCC) helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities. We’re working to make these values live and breathe in the day-to-day interactions of every school and home. We’re working to make caring common.

But strangely enough, the parents in the Triton area, about 30 miles northeast of Boston, didn’t exactly care whether the survey was supposed to implement “caring” and sharing:

The survey did not sit well with many parents who blasted the questionnaire as "bogus" and accused the university of not disclosing what, exactly, it intended to ask. Parents received advanced notice about the optional survey and were told all data would remain anonymous.

"They went into the family home. They asked questions that pinned one parent against the other," said a parent with children in the district who spoke to on condition of anonymity. 

The parent said that when she questioned her young daughter about the survey, the girl was upset and blurted out, "I didn't say anything bad about you." 

"My kids have no idea how much money I make and how much money I give to people," she said. "And frankly, it's none of the school's business or Harvard's for that matter."

Harvard, meanwhile, remains unapologetic:

Richard Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education who runs the Making Caring Common project, told, "We don't think it was a mistake."

"We are trying to gather information that will help schools and parents engage young people in discussions about race and inequality," Weissbourd said. "Hard to have those discussions if you don’t hear from young people."

As the Boston Herald’s Howie Carr writes:

The kids from the high and middle schools (the questionnaire included a box for 10-year-olds to check) were asked by the apparatchiks from the People’s Republic of Cambridge to rat out their parents for insufficient ?Political Correctness.

George Orwell’s Ministry of Love would have been ?impressed.

Here’s a typical question for the public-school kids of Rowley, Newbury and Salisbury:

“In the past year, my parents have: Done or said things that make me less trusting of people of other races or ethnicities.” Check the box: Never, Once, 2-3 times, 4-5 times, 6 or more times.”

At what point does Big Brother step in to mandate re-education at Diversity University? Somewhere between never and once would be my guess.

Actually pretty darned often, according to Harvard.