The Foundation for Economic Education highlights how bureaucrats weaponize the child protection system against parents wanting to protect their children from increasingly dysfunctional schools.
Schooling is adept at rooting out individuality and enforcing compliance. In his book, Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky writes: “In fact, the whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on—because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.”
This filtering process begins very early in a child’s schooling as conformity is rewarded and divergence is punished.
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An investigative report by The Hechinger Report and HuffPost released last month revealed that schools are increasingly using child protective services as a “weapon” against parents. It said:
Fed up with what they see as obstinate parents who don’t agree to special education services for their child, or disruptive kids who make learning difficult, schools sometimes use the threat of a child-protection investigation to strong-arm parents into complying with the school’s wishes or transferring their children to a new school. That approach is not only improper, but it can be devastating for families, even if the allegations are ultimately determined to be unfounded.
More troubling, these threats disproportionately target low-income and minority parents.
There’s more at the link.
It’s a very troubling report for parents – and not just those who home-school their kids, either. If you have children in the “official” school system, and you’re at all independent-minded, teaching your kids that they don’t have to believe or swallow everything they’re spoon-fed in school . . . you may end up a victim of this.
Personally, I think any bureaucrat trying this, whose complaints are later disproved or dismissed, should be fired at once and barred from ever again working in the field of education. However, that’s not about to happen, as we all know – more’s the pity.
Tar. Feathers. Rails. Bureaucrats. Some assembly required.