Saturday, May 06, 2006

Outsourcing Bedtime

Just when you think parents can't get anymore ridiculous in what they allow the state to take over the UK Telegraph reports that

Four in 10 parents want schools to set bedtimes for their children because they cannot do it themselves, (snip)

Mick Brookes, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: "It's quite bizarre, but on the other hand it could be a cry for help and when schools and parents work together it can be a very effective way of enforcing discipline."

Co-disciplining with the school, how lovely.

Who decides the consequences when the child refuses to obey the state's bedtime? I can just hear the parent say, "Johnny your teacher says it's time for bed. You better obey otherwise you'll miss recess tomorrow." Yeah, that'll work.

I wrote a post a while back called Outsourcing Parenthood. It describes perfectly the progression parenting is taking. Here's a peek,

We heard alot about outsourcing jobs in the last election. Everybody was worried about the number of jobs moving overseas. Yet, a bigger problem is brewing right here in the US. We are outsourcing parenthood. Parents are knowingly giving the job of raising their children over to another.
I won't repost the whole thing. You can read the rest here. But it does seem as though parents want the joyful aspects of parenting and delegate the difficult parts to others. And the state and its agents in the schools are only to willing to oblige.

I've said it before but I'll say it again, Why don't the schools just take the children full time and let the parents check them out like a library book when they want to spend time with them? It seems to be the next logical step don't you think?

Update: Henry Cate jogged my memory with his comment on boarding schools. There is a school in DC that is actually a taking the next "logical" step. The Washington Post ran the story in 2004,

Most schools try to persuade students to get out of bed in the morning by lowering their grades or giving them detention when they don't, but Maya Angelou is one of a small but growing number of schools that have a different approach to the problem. They invite teenagers who need extra help to live in school quarters.

The movement toward boarding schools for low-income students has made some of its greatest strides in the District, where both Maya Angelou and the SEED Public Charter School receive an extra $14,000 in federal tax dollars each year for every student who lives on their premises.

So now along with Universal Day Care we'll start hearing about Universal Teen Care. Is there no end to what the state thinks they can do?

HT: Edwonk for the UK Telegraph article.

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