Tuesday, July 08, 2008

In Loco Parentis

A British teacher has finally said aloud what many homeschoolers realized a long time ago, that teachers are functioning as "social engineers" and "surrogate parents."
Rod MacKinnon, the head of Bexley Grammar School, south-east London, said schools were being forced to shun traditional lessons as ministers manipulated the education system for the purposes of "social engineering"...There are those who wish to use children and schools as social engineers with a view to creating a different society but we should not even be trying to do such things," he said. "Children need to be nurtured, educated and cared for, not thrown into the frontline of social reform..."Teachers simply do not have the contact time to 'create' behaviours and attitudes within children," he said. "They are not – and cannot be – social engineers and social workers and surrogate parents, as well as subject teachers, all rolled into one."
Before compulsory education laws, the teacher served the needs of the children under the authority of the parents. But when the state took over and confiscated a parent's wages to pay for public education and required children to attend, the state became the authority. The teacher turned from satisfying the needs of the parent, to meeting the requirements of the state.

The state's intentions appeared noble; to help all children obtain a quality education. After all, our country depended on an educated electorate. However, it wasn't just poor parents that took advantage of the opportunity for a free education. Parents who could otherwise afford to pay tuition, willingly outsouced their primary obligation to the state and its agents in the schools and the state willingly became "surrogate parents." As they did, parents increasingly demanded more and more help from the state to help them meet their primary obligations.

So much in fact, that Michelle Obama has made "family friendly policies" and the plight of the working mother her platform as first lady.
Obama, 44, has worked as a lawyer and a hospital executive in Chicago. She left her job to help on her husband's campaign. They have two daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 7. She said she would always be a working mother. "I used to get up in the morning and go to an office. Now I get up and go to a plane. ... My kids still don't care where I am," she said. "They've always known two parents to work in the household and as long as we're back in time for bedtime, they could care less where we are." (HT: Kay P.)
What kind of country have we become when a potential first lady boasts that her children don't care where she is during the day, while she's out campaigning for our government to spend more money to help take care of the family?

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