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Wake Up Mommy and Daddy

Updated on June 20, 2016

Let Us Pray

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, June 20, 2016. Our pious friend, Mantis Manny, is at the breakfast table this morning. It has come to Manny's attention that our government is once again hard at work seeking to undermine the sanctity of our families. The Senate has passed a bill that severely curtails parental, state and local control over schools. Manny has asked for the pleasure of our company this morning. He wants to discuss the current state of affairs in our nation over a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs. I will be mixing up a batch of Irish coffees to warm the chill that will surely descend upon you when you realize what is happening. We hope to see you soon.


Fishing for Data

The bill under consideration by Congress is going to fund psychological testing and profiling of the nation's children. Schools will be gathering massive amounts of information on students. The data will delve into the children's social and emotional learning attitudes, beliefs, values, and more. Trust me when I tell you that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Once the government begins something, it's scope and reach always escalates and expands. The legislation has been named SETRA. It stands for the Strengthening Education Through Research Act. The bill breezed through the Senate without opposition. It is still in the House. Let's hope it dies a speedy death.


What's It All About

The Federal Education Bureau, which was supposed to be disbanded under Reagan, would waste 3 billion dollars of our money on so-called "research." Grants would be given to states to construct more databases designed to hold our children's most private and personal information. The databases will be referred to as "longitudinal data systems" for reasons I can't fathom. The hideous legislation also funds a series of tests to be instituted across the nation. The real focus of the bill deals with researching children's subjective emotions, values, attitudes and beliefs, referred to as their "affective domain." Couching the aim of the tests into catchy phrases and terms, doesn't really disguise what is going on. Once again, the government is sticking its massive nose into areas where it is not welcome and doesn't belong. It seems that Washington is going to get inside our children's heads and use the information to "mold" them into the kind of citizens the state approves of. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows for this type of intrusion, and it must be stopped before it starts.


A Tug of War

The government is trying to insert itself into the most personal parts of our children's lives. As parents, we must pull back in the other direction to stop this dangerous intrusion. Just think about the implications of this legislation. Big Brother will be assessing our children from the moment they enter school until they enter the workforce. Children will be programmed to think and react in a certain way, meaning they will be forced into behaving just how the government wants them to behave. The kids can kiss their parents good-bye. For that matter, they can kiss their privacy good-bye. This intrusion by government will follow them everywhere in life, and that is just too awful to contemplate.


It's Finger Pointing Time

It's time to put our foot down and shut down this misguided and dangerous legislation. The potential for misuse of all this private information is too big to fathom or stomach. Anyone with a government pass could potentially read up on our children from birth throughout adulthood. Hackers could get into the system and use what they find there for hideous purposes. We have to stop the horror before it blooms into a nightmare. We have to stop the federal government in its tracks, and we don't have time to waste. Short of pulling our kids out of school and becoming home schoolers, we have to let Congress know that we are aware of their efforts, and we have to tell them in no uncertain terms that we will fight them every step of the way. Our kids are relying on us to protect them and do the right thing. Let's stay on top of this issue and give it the painful death it deserves.

Manny's Song

The moment I wake up

Before I stretch my wings

I say a little prayer for the children!


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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      As a parent I would not agree to any further privacy violations from the government. They already have too much information on people in general.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Dear tirelesstraveler,

      Amen and see you at the Inn.

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      2 years ago from California

      Reading Clarence Thomas' memoir. Nothing new under the sun. The Department of Education needs to be gutted.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Dear Will,

      How right you are. Our kids are not prepared for this new world. Just look at the way our college students are turning out. See you at the Inn.

    • WillStarr profile image


      2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The Constitution granted federal government no authority over education. The Founding Fathers wisely left that up to the people and the states. The Department of Education has zero Constitutionally authority to exist and ought to be abolished.

      We should go back to the successful system of small neighborhood and small town schools and abolished the big, consolidated schools where parents have little to no say.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Dear maven,

      None of this information will be used for anything worthwhile. Even if it were it would be a very bad and dangerous practice. I would appreciate a mass overhauling of our education system. The government should stay out of it, because they have a lousy track record and we simply can't afford anymore of their intrusions. See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Dear brad,

      Everything the government touches turn to garbage. We really aren't number one in the world in anything, especially education. I'll bring danish to the Inn. You seem to be very hungry.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Dear lambservant,

      It has been happening for a long time. Our freedoms are being robbed and most people don't notice. When we have finally lost everything they will wonder how it happened. See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Desr fp,

      People like you give me reason to hope. See you at the Inn.

    • maven101 profile image


      2 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Do we really want to entrust all this highly personal data to a bureaucracy that took two years to respond to an inquiry from the IG that they had been penetrated during a routine test of their so-called infallible computer storage system..? The Department of Education received an "F" from FITARA for incompetency, yet the Departments' CIO Danny Harris, an Obama appointee, received numerous bonuses, a home security system, and a car detailing business...

      If curriculum and assessments are used to gather this data, will the consent requirements for this socioemotional research be circumvented by that loophole in Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) that prohibits the collection of psychological, political, religious, and other sensitive data in surveys..?

      The law says that these prohibitions do not apply to “curriculum and instructional materials” or to “tests and assessments,” such as those required to be aligned to Common Core in most states...A loophole for these fascists of the mind...

      Perfectly unbiased, unfakeable, and error-free measures are an ideal, not a reality…And they will be exploited...

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      2 years ago


      Sorry, I missed you at the Inn, thanks for the croissants and jelly. I took some of the private reality butter for them. I will replace them later.

      Government is the worst form of direction and management for the people. Whether it be education, or retirement and healthcare. The Feds privatize the Defined Benefit Retirements system for federal employees. While, the rest of us have to rely on SS. Yes, fed employees also contribute to SS, but to them it is a bonus, a second stipend.

      I would be in favor of companies creating an education system that would link students to a career path. Government controlled education is about 5 years behind in teaching current technology. Companies would be better served by students that have been closer in the curve to the companies.

      Unless you are going to pick teaching as a profession, the current curriculums in K-12 are not in step with information and knowledge that you will need to get that job that becomes your career. And that is needed to support you and your family.

      There has been a major loss of people qualified to work in manufacturing because we lost a lot of those jobs from the 70s and succeeding decades. But, I understand that some of these jobs are coming back, at least in the auto industry. The problem is that the auto companies don't have a pool of qualified applicants. So, some of them are going to K-12 to start programs to entice those students that know they don't want college, but they want a skill.

      Intelligence = IQ - Government Control

      From this simple equation, you can see that as the control of the government increases, your resultant Intelligence is lowered.

      IQ is for all intents and purposes, a Constant.

      In CA

      Government control = water shortages + no increases in the Electrical Power System Capacity + Water Rationing + Higher Water Prices + Electrical Blackouts (sorry Power Outs) + No Real Fire Prevention + ....

    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Terrifying. No. We are not as free as we once were and the citizens of our land are losing ground by the day.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      pop......I know urgency when I see it. Excuse me while I write that letter to my Congressman and perhaps a truckload of others whom I believe need a copy!!...........Lord help us. Please everyone.....write, speak up, use what few rights we hold, STOP the insanity. "Hands OFF our children!".................................An American Parent.

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      Since a certain person moved into the white house, the government has done many intrusive and invasive things. It is awful to me that members of this disgraceful and do nothing congress can even consider such a bill. Should it pass, parents should not let their children take the test. We need to get the federal government out of our homes. We are in charge in our homes.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Good Morning billy,

      Are we still free? I wonder... See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Good Morning brad,

      Education in this nation needs a major overhaul. Common Core is definitely not the answer. It is essential that we get government out of the equation. The more they intrude the greater the harm. I realize that we all lead busy lives, but I beg parents out there to take the time to look into this and stop it! See you at the Inn, brad. I'm bringing croissants and jelly.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll make this short and sweet. I am dead set against any bill that provides any government with more private information about its citizens.


      Keep shouting from the soapbox, my friend.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      2 years ago


      This is tragic news. What the people have voluntarily given up in their privacy, the government wants to take. When they invade the privacy of children, it must also entail the privacy of their parents.

      Big Brother is a pervert, and a lay about. What is next embedding RF chips into infants on the guise of automating SS tracking. They have GPS tracking and large government computers can then take human privacy to an extreme level of being virtually non existent.

      Public education has failed. The smart kids can float on top of it, but the rest of the kids are choked by it. People need to force congress to give the parents a choice of public or private education for their children. Given them vouchers to be used as tuition in private schools.

      Education shouldn't never have been an industry for the government federal or state. Education IMHO should be the intellectual ladder to getting jobs and careers to allow graduates of school to earn a living that can provide for building new families.

      Academia should be left to the rich, where higher education rested during the ancient times.

      Technology is still expanding and the 168 hour week hasn't changed. So to keep up with technology education must keep up with it. It used to be the 3 Rs, and now we need a new technological paradigm for education.

      Children, especially young children can absorb tremendous amounts of new things. They can master languages, and technology, but they must be exposed to it, rather than the stogy out dated methods of learning through government bureaucracy.

      Prestigious colleges and universities don't make the student smart, they start out by only taking the smartest students. GIGO Garbage In Garbage Out, an old computer term needs updating for education.

      SISO Smart In Smart Out.

      or SISO Stupid In Stupid Out.

      The bonus would be Smarter Out, for both interpretations of SISO.

      BTW, remember telling your kids beware of strangers. Well big brother is no longer family, it is one of those strangers.


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