In the new deluge of bureaucratic layers descending on Connecticut Public schools, there is a hyper-focus on health — down to every last neuron and emotion. The following are paragraphs taken from the CDC website, with a mini-analysis to invite thinking. First —
“Surrounding the child is a ring that stresses the need for coordination of school policies, processes, and practices. The coordination ring depicts the critical role of day-to-day practices and processes as well as the essential role of policy in sustaining a school environment supportive of both health and learning.”
Notice the words in the first sentence – “stresses the need” – because stress is actually an outcome of the hyperfocused perspective. Notice the inserted need for policy as well, implying “well, to succeed, of COURSE you need a policy that sustains this process.” Your power, parents, has been quietly taken, replaced by a noble-sounding “policy”.
Second – “The WSCC model reflects greater alignment and integration between health and education. Partnerships and collaboration with community agencies are essential to helping schools secure the resources and support necessary to implement the model.”
Note here the (really quite obvious) intertangling of health and education. The role of school has already been compromised; this is a very bold move to say in effect, “We’ll not only teach your child what to think and how, we’ll make sure they are healthy: especially emotionally.” And the terms are not how YOU define them. It’s how these “community agencies” or “School-based health centers” will define them (of course, subject to change).
Third – “CDC and ASCD developed the WSCC model in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health. The WSCC model strengthens a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools. You can see how the model informs HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention by viewing an animated video.”
Since when did we base policies on a very reductionist model? We can see that “standard protocol” in hospitals treated patients like prisoners; medication not based on the model was rejected, even at the ardent request of family and attorneys. How do you think your child will be seen by “experts” under a school-based “standard protocol” of sorts — for their mental health? The uniqueness of your child’s imagination will be subject to how well that conforms (CONFORMS) to a “model”.
Three out of the four fields have the word “health” — can it be any more redundant? One wonders what big Pharma’s role will be with all of that health. There is a subtle grouping at the end too. “HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention.” We actually need MORE kids, and the over-population myth is crumbling. Instead, pregnancy is lumped in with STD’s, as though a baby is an infection needing to be prevented. Socialist politicians have enough heart to create “safe drug use” — if abortion is a “right”, why isn’t pregnancy a “right” for them as well? Open question.
This means that the population remaining will – in the experts’ minds – need ever more monitoring; a policy for this, an agency for that; forget what has worked for hundreds or thousands of years. The family unit is in their minds out-moded, out-dated, and in need of a giant “Community Health and Learning” upgrade. It is repackaged socialism and communism: where parents are nudged out by a burgeoning bureaucracy, insisting it knows your child best.