From: J Lang FR
To: Greg Hughes,
Subject: HB 96 -please vote No
Date: Thu Feb 06 06:12:50 MST 2014
Dear Honorable Legislator,
Please vote against HB 96. We do not need to have a huge government database tracking our children through their formative years. We do not have any idea how nor will we have control over the future use of this information. Already one state is selling this information to an outside company for "research purposes." Do we really want our children hooked up to monitors that measure their skin responses, their posture, and their pupils? See the DoEd's OET's Promoting Grit Tenacity and Perseverance document:
Discrete emotions particularly relevantto reactions to challenge—such asinterest, frustration, anxiety, and boredom—may be measured throughanalysis of facial expressions, EEG brain wave patterns, skin conductance, heart rate variability, posture, and eyetracking. pg 41
See page 62 for pictures of the camera, chair, wrist band for sensing GSR, and the pressure mouse.
Secondly, I totally oppose all preschool bills on a matter of principle since we operate under a compulsory education system. Establishing a preschool program for one class (disadvantaged children) will inevitably lead to mandates for other children and additional funding needs.
Thirdly, Obama has mentioned that he wants cradle to college education. This is the Melissa Perry-Harris utopian vision of children belonging to the community and not the parents. Breaking the bond between parents and children is a central tenant of communism. From the Communist list of 45 goals: #41-Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.
I would ask to see studies that prove early education shows up as an advantage to children beyond the 3rd or 4th grade. The Institute of Marriage and Family study has shown that early education does not benefit children. We should not spend money on programs that don't work.