Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Time to break out "the Brothers Grimm"

(via Michelle Malkin)

"Parents could be forced to go to special classes to learn to sing their children nursery rhymes, a minister said.

"Those who fail to read stories or sing to their youngsters threaten their children's future AND THE STATE MUST PUT THEM RIGHT (emphasis mine), Children's Minister Beverley Hughes said."

Another quote from the original article...

"Tony Blair has backed the idea of 'fasbos' - efforts to identify and correct the lives of children who are likely to fail even before they are born - and new laws to compel parents to attend parenting classes are on the way."

The last of the Jane Tennison mysteries Prime Suspect 7 just aired here in the US on PBS. (WARNING, spoiler) In the show, one of the main suspects in the murder of a schoolgirl was a young black man from the wrong side of town. The true murderer was the white daughter of the white Headmaster of the school. Under the thinking behind this law, the first would be permanently marked as a problem from before birth, and the latter would never have been on the radar. Of course, this type of reasoning is not new at all, and is even a central part of the plot of the show. However, carving it in stone and carrying it down from on high does not strike me as progress in Civil-Rights. This is class warfare by the (now true in name and function) Nanny-state.

Anyone still questioning the idea of 'slippery slope?'

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