To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: Please vote NO on HB96 for harming families and for data collection targeting disadvantaged preschoolers
Date: Thu Feb 06 03:07:08 MST 2014
Dear Utah Representatives,
Please oppose HB 96 "Utah School Readiness Initiative." The bill is here: http://le.utah..gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0096.html
It’s a bill to push preschool.
The Institute of Marriage and Family has shown that early education does NOT benefit children and they should actually begin school later rather than earlier.
It is wrong for the government to assume that separating young children from their parents will benefit the family and it flies in the face of history and research.
Head Start, the comprehensive preschool program started in 1965, went 45 years and spent $166 billion and was proven a complete failure. Let's not repeat that history here in Utah. See:
Preschool aged children are better served in their preschooling needs and especially in their need to play (not be subjected to testing and computers) in their loving parents' nearness, not in long hours spent away from those who love them. Jonas Himmelstrand, a Swedish researcher, has done lots of research on this subject (click on the link to see his recent article in the Huffington Post that explains that the Swedish experiment harmed families). Himmelstrand found that when the State promotes government preschooling, family dysfunction, parental depression, student depression, and many other negative outcomes follow.
In addition, the establishment of a preschool program for one class (disadvantaged children) will inevitably lead to mandates or coercion for other children. It also encourages parents to turn their children over to the government.
The Obama administration's plan is to start educating children at birth. We ought not to imitate the visions of our current president, who claims to be a Democrat, but by his actions is proven to be something dangerously further to the left. His camp believes that children belong to the collective government rather than to families.
“The Obama administration has proposed new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for children beginning at birth and continuing to age five.”
This Utah bill aims also to collect personal data on preschoolers for the governmental database without asking parental permission to do so; disadvantaged preschoolers will be tracked and tested and followed and their information sent to the State Longitudinal Database System (SLDS)
The SLDS is interoperable with other agencies, including the criminal justice system and the health agencies and workforce agencies, via Utah's Data Alliance and the Data Quality Campaign. The database was paid for by a $9.6 million grant from the federal government which is built to federal specifications and does collect citizens' data without their consent. This is unfair to the tiny citizens who have no voice to oppose their identities being tracked and potentially used against them in the future.
The federal government is incentivizing data collection and testing for small children and related, invasive home visits.
The bill also fits into the Common Core P20W system that Utah has unfortunately created. (P20W is preschool through grade 20 and into the workforce-- tracking everyone.)
This bill makes it possible for a school to-
"collect longitudinal academic outcome data, including special education use by student, by identifying each student with a statewide unique student identifier."
Please oppose HB 96.