Little Bo Peep has lost her mind

British parents may be required to attend classes to master nursery rhymes, reports the Evening Standard.

Those who fail to read stories or sing to their youngsters threaten their children’s future and the state must put them right, Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes said.

Their children’s well-being is at risk ‘unless we act’, she declared.

The Labour government plans a national parenting academy to train teachers, psychologists and social workers to intervene when they believe parents aren’t doing a good job.

This autumn is likely to see an extension of parenting orders that can force parents to attend parenting classes so that they can be used on the say so of local councils against parents.

For the first time, parenting orders are likely to be directed against parents whose children have committed no criminal offence.

The government has spent billions of pounds on Sure Start child-care centers with no apparent effect on disadvantaged children, the Standard reports.

Via Right Wing Nation.

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  1. Is there anyone the British nanny state doesn’t treat like a child these days?

  2. Wayne Martin says:

    > The call for state intervention in the
    > minute details of family life followed
    > a series of Labour efforts to reduce
    > anti-social behaviour and improve
    > educational standards by imposing rigorous
    > controls on the lives of the youngest children.

    > Mrs Hughes has established a national
    > curriculum to set down how babies are
    > taught to speak in childcare from the
    > age of three months.

    What has happened to Britain? This is the kind of stuff that one might have expected out of Stalinist Russia. This boggles the mind.

  3. Actually, it’s just one more data point in a long, sad tale of political correctness run wild.

    While the UK has never had the legal protections for personal liberty that the US has, their long tradition has been eroded almost to invisibility.

    The worst part of it is that we in the US are well on the way to the same foul end. At some point, enough of us are going to decide that government knows best, and we will be truly on the way down the same chute.