Nanny, like all dictators, needs to know what we are doing and thinking. There are several methods that she employs in order to monitor our activities:
1 Direct surveillance, eg via CCTV
2 Database records, eg via official forms, DNA, finger printing etc
3 Council spies
4 Encouraging citizens to "grass" on their fellow citizens to the state
5 Using professionals to spy and gather records for the state
A recent example of the latter being the new requirements being levied by Nanny on schools to "improve children's well being".
How will schools improve children's well being?
Easy, teachers will be expected to monitor and record up to 31 detailed aspects of their pupils' lives at home and at school.
This brilliant idea comes from the febrile mind of the chum of Nanny, our old friend Ed Balls.
Nanny and Balls want to introduce "strong school level indicators" that measure how much the country's primaries and secondaries are contributing to pupils' well-being.
Schools and local authorities will be made to gather data about "on site health services" such as contraception clinics which hand out condoms and morning after pills.
They will also be expected to monitor healthy eating, look out for "signs of abuse or neglect" and record whether pupils walk or cycle to school.
Errrmmm...am I the only one who thinks that this sounds awfully like spying on the private lives of the pupils and their families?
It would seem that all employees of the state, ie all public sector employees, are to become tools of the state and will be required to monitor what the rest of us do. In other words, Nanny is turning the public sector into the enemy of the people.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families has issued draft guidance which says:
"Whereas schools have access to a rich set of hard data on pupil attainment and progress to inform their evaluation . . . there is a dearth of data available about other aspects of pupil well being.
The proposal aims to fill that gap in order to improve the quality of schools' evaluation of their contribution to well-being."
Balls said that schools will be "accountable for whether they are contributing to child well-being".
It's called spying!
The public sector, and those who work for it, will become the enemy of the people.
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