Saturday, March 3, 2007

Big Brother is Coming Closer to Home (literally!)

You may or may not be aware of a bill introduced in the statehouse known as Senate File 210. What this bill does is provide for home visits to every home in the state with a newborn child. According to the bill, "The components of the home visit shall include but are not limited to assessing the child's home environment*, educating the families concerning newborn children, and assisting families in accessing appropriate services." Read the bill here: SF 210

The wording of this bill seems to indicate that it is voluntary at this point, but how long would it be before it would be mandatory? And even if it remains voluntary, is this an additional role that we want our government to assume, using our tax dollars? The visits would be coordinated by the "Iowa Empowerment Board".

Couple this with the push for preschool for every 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old who is not in kindergarten, as well as raising the compulsory age for high school students, and you can see the state wants more and more time to indoctrinate our kids. The State is literally trying to make sure they control every aspect of our life, from cradle to grave (or womb to tomb, if you prefer).

*I wonder whose standards will be used to "assess the child's home environment"?

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