A bill being considered in Scotland would assign a government nanny to every child, with broad authority to make sure they are raised in a state-approved manner.
The law’s proponents say they only have the best interests of the children at heart.
“The protection and promotion of the well-being of Scotland’s children and our aim of making our nation the best place for children to grow up are at heart of the Children and Young People Bill,” said one Scottish spokeswoman.
The arrogant belief that the state knows better than parents is rooted in the statist philosophy that everything, including children, belongs to the state, not to individuals.
It’s a poisonous philosophy that has spread throughout the formerly free world.
In the United States, it manifests itself currently under the program called Common Core. The federal government is prohibited from dictating educational programs to the states, but by attaching federal funds to adoption of Common Core standards, the Obama Administration through the National Governors Association has persuaded nearly every state to “voluntarily” accept the program.
Common Core proponents claim to only have the best intentions for the children: “The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers,” according to the program materials.
The curriculum is full of lists of goals and tests to teach to and approved books to read, but makes little allowance for individual exploration, challenging of ideas or development of genuine creativity or innovation.
The real goal is conformity. By bringing various state curricula “into alignment,” the program aims to produce workers who are well-trained in state-approved thinking and behavior — in short, virtual automatons that readily do the government’s will.
That sort of control is a long-sought goal of people in power. As John D. Rockefeller, founder of the National Education Board, once said, “I don’t want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers.”
Thinkers are the enemies of those with power. They have a tendency to ask too many questions and hold too many ideas about individual liberty. They don’t follow the rules that benefit the powerful.
All those schemes to “improve” education, to better the children, are about nothing more than ensuring control over the next generation of underlings.
We all need to teach our children to break that cycle by teaching them the “forbidden” ideas, by teaching them true history, by teaching them different perspectives. We need to teach our children by our example, by our refusal to give in to those who seek tyrannical power over us. And we must ensure that future generations learn to think for themselves, because those who pursue evil will not stop, ever.
Neither will we the people stop in our pursuit of freedom.