Fault Lines previously commented about yoga, a special career/community service conference, a "grim reaper," and science research as examples of distractions from core education pursuits at local schools.
The latest "distraction" will be two new health clinics that will be run by the St. Elizabeth Medical Center at Kernan and Donovan schools. Where was the public debate before the School Board about this? How many more so-called services will schools be expected to perform?
"Kids won't have to leave school to see a doctor or get a prescription."
Nice . . . Will the kids' parents be part of the picture when "health care" is administered?
Add this to the "Safe Schools Healthy Students Partnership" and we've taken another step toward what commentator Lynn Stuter would call an "emerging socialist police state." Too strong a view? Perhaps -- But consider that with health clinics in schools, the schools and their "partner" social service organizations would have unprecedented access to and be able to exchange highly personal information about students and their families ... ostensibly to offer "services," but also presenting opportunities for control.
Schools have been less than successfull educating our children, so we should expect even less success trusting them with our health. Fault Lines wishes that the schools would confine themselves to education, and leave healthcare to individual choice.