Did you know that a military recruiter can go to your 12-year-old's school and talk to her about her social duty to join the military? By 'default' they can because the "No child left behind act" allows for it. Public schools that receive money from the federal government to help low income children (basically all of them) by default are required to provide this information.
In fact, No Child Left Behind is specifically word-smithed to get earlier access to children in secondary schools, including middle schools. That is horrifying… deliberate… and to some degree predatory…
Also available to the government is the child’s phone number and address. The phone number, so they may call presumably. The address, so they can swing by for a chit-chat. Or perhaps to determine your economic situation through publicly available property value information.
You may "request" to opt-out and talk with your own 12 year old about what to do with their life. That is, if your school district tells you about it (as Boulder Valley does). But I can't find anything in No Child Left Behind that requires that notification. Hmm, I wonder what Texas schools do?
I don't care where you fall on the subject of the war or if you consider yourself “left” or “right”, I generally don't know any parent that wants a stranger having a sit-down with their 12 year old about their social duty...specifically without their positive consent.
Read it yourself: http://www.defenselink.mil/prhome/docs/no_child_act.pdf