Spunky takes on KidTrax, andÂ the subject ofÂ outsourcing the raising of children isÂ something we should pay attention to.
The idea that villages should raise kids instead of families raising them has a track record.Â I spoke about itÂ just overÂ ten years ago at a conference held in Mannheim, Germany, an experience which sounds more impressive than it really was.Â After the first group of people heard me talk, the talkÂ I heard in the hallwayÂ was, “Don’t go in that workshop.Â She’s nuts!”Â I don’tÂ link toÂ the talk in order to reference myself, but rather toÂ point toÂ Bruno Bettelheim’s book, The Children of the Dream.Â For the talk, my synopsis of itÂ was:
- In the book I read, The Children of the Dream, the author noted that the children of the kibbutz grew up with no firm attachment to any adult, that was purposely discouraged.Â The children’s attachment was to their peer group and their devotion was to the kibbutz. The reasoning for breaking the children away from their dependence on adults was to destroy the family dependence of the Jewish ghettos of Europe. Likewise, American society has taken away the childrenâ€™s dependence on the family and replaced it with a similar peer-group dependency, which makes us crazy when our kids donâ€™t listen to us.Â The kibbutzniks replaced Judaism with commune-ism (not to be confused with Communism) and indoctrinated their children with a fierce devotion to the community. Weâ€™ve removed what are invoked as family values and a staunch individualism as the driving force behind our communities, even though we say we havenâ€™t. Our institutionalization of our children shows that. But what have we replaced our mom, home and apple pie values with? What is our reasoning for weakening the family unit?
What put me on this track of the effect of communal raising of children wasÂ rememberingÂ something My Favorite Kindergarten Teacher, Flo, said.Â She was a lady older than me who was readying herself to retire from teaching after 25 years.Â The thing that had caught my attention was Flo’sÂ statement that she could always tell the children who had been at home until entering Kindergarten from those who had been cared for outside the home before starting school.Â Flo said that the ‘home raised’ children in the class looked to her, the adult,Â for guidance.Â The ‘outsourced’ children looked to each other as if they were in a herd.Â
Teachers today may see the behavior of ‘outsourced’ children as the norm, but Flo had the perspective of teaching during the change from raising children at home to outsourcing their early care.Â Â Flo had a control group, the children of the late 1960s when the label SAHM would have applied to the majority of mothers.Â Is there an at-home group of children today whose behaviors can be compared to the out-sourced kids?Â Â Finding that group will be about as easy as finding a control group of children in America who haven’t been exposed to television.
Bruno Bettelheim’s book speaks of the same kind of behavior.Â Raising children in ‘serial parenting’ situations makes adults the random factor.Â The constant factors are peers.
If you add KidTrax to the mix, you’ve got children being trained to look toÂ a changing,Â amorphousÂ community for ‘life modeling’ and that changing, amorphous community being given the parenting role.Â Instead of the village that is raising the children being composed of near and distant relations, and of people who the child sees in the non-institutional parts of daily life, today’s American children seem to be hot potatoes passed from one institutional caregiver to another.Â This hot potato situation is so anonymous that we need computer programs just to know where the kid is.Â The people caring for the children are so distanced from them, that if they don’t arrive at the appointed place at the appointed time, no one notices because the caregivers don’t know who to look for.
This isÂ a social experiment thatÂ goes beyond anything I saw in ‘Socialist Europe’ where (at least in Germany) school wasÂ let out for the dayÂ roughly around noonÂ for childrenÂ to goÂ home for lunch, andÂ grandmasÂ and grandpas could be seen wheeling baby carriages around town while doing the daily grocery shopping. Â Granted I’ve been away from Europe forÂ seven years now so there are changes that will suprise me when I finally get back for a vacation, but I first heard about the Digital Angel RFID chipping technology from America, about nine years ago.
- Applications for our products include identification and monitoring of pets, humans, fish and livestock through our patented implantable microchips as well as message monitoring of aircraft in remote locations through integrated GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications systems. [emphasis added]
The social revolution in families and human ‘control’Â seems to have it’s headquarters in the U.S.Â WhileÂ Europe has its CCTV camerasÂ for watching public spaces, the U.S. has swipe cards for watching kids.Â As one of theÂ readers at that last linked site comments, that’s one way to get the next generation accustomed to being watched and having no privacy.Â
What you don’t know, you won’t miss.
I’d jiggle poor Winston Smith’s cage, but things have progressed so much thatÂ Nineteen Eighty-four is ho-hum.