A state guardian for every Scottish child

Scotland’s government plans to appoint a “state guardian” for every child, reports The Telegraph.  A “health visitor,” head teacher or other government official will be expected to assess each child’s “wellbeing,” including safety, health and whether the child feels included and respected.

Teaching unions are concerned about taking on vaguely defined new responsibilities. Parents who phoned in to a radio program described the policy as “interfering madness,” a “big brother” approach and a “sinister” attempt to meddle in the lives of ordinary people, reports The Telegraph.

Critics said a leaflet suggested a guardian could “become involved in issues such as whether a child was happy with how his, or her, bedroom was decorated.”

It reminds me of a classic from The Onion: “An increasing number of American parents are choosing to have their children raised at school rather than at home.”

“Every year more parents are finding that their homes are not equipped to instill the right values in their children,” (Deputy Education Secretary Anthony W.) Miller said. “When it comes to important life skills such as proper nutrition, safe sex, and even basic socialization, a growing number of mothers and fathers think it’s better to rely on educators to guide and nurture their kids.”

“School-homing has become popular among mothers and fathers who just want to be less involved in the day-to-day lives of their children,” added The Onion.

School lunch blogger ban lifted in Scotland

Nine-year-old Martha Payne can photograph her school lunches once again for her wildly popular NeverSeconds blog. Faced with a storm of protest, the Argull and Bute Council lifted its cafeteria photo ban, reports the BBC.

The Scottish school girl’s blog, which rates meals on a “food-o-meter,” has recorded more than three million hits.

Among the pictures Martha published on her blog was one featuring her £2 lunch of a pizza slice, a croquette, sweetcorn and a cupcake.

Martha wrote: “I’m a growing kid and I need to concentrate all afternoon and I can’t do it on one croquette. Do any of you think you could?”

A newspaper published a photograph of Martha with a chef under the headline “Time to fire the dinner ladies.” The school catering staff was “in tears,” a council executive said.

The publicity helped Martha reach her charitable goal: Her blog has raised enough money to fund a kitchen in Malawi for children receiving Mary’s Meals.