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I live in England. My teacher is requesting private family information as homework. We're studying the play Romeo and Juliet, and she wants us to ask our parents about their dating experiences.

I don't want to do this: she did say she'd be reading them, and it's unclear whether or not she's going to be publicly showing this information.

If I deny her request and she attempts to punish me for it, would that be legal? I was looking at Article 8 on the Human Rights Act 1998, but am not sure if that covers the situation.

  • Actually the teacher is asking you to ask your parents about private experiences, which is not a breach of any possible right. They can always decline to answer, and you do not have any right not to think about your parents' romantic experiences. – Tim Lymington Jan 23 '17 at 15:47
  • Also, your assignment is to ask your parents, but if it's not clear enough, you could specify to them that they can lie if they want... – Giacomo Tesio Jan 23 '17 at 16:22
  • So I wouldn't be able to deny her request? – H. Sims Jan 23 '17 at 19:03
  • Technically, no, given the exact words. However, your parents are free to not answer, and you may want to proceed by asking what to do if they don't and just doing that instead. – Stackstuck Jan 24 '17 at 15:23
  • Thing is, I don't really want to ask them. If I tell my teacher this, is she allowed to punish me? – H. Sims Jan 24 '17 at 20:45

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