Monday, June 13, 2005

Commissariat of Enlightenment

If the NHL doesn't resolve their issues, we might end up with more hockey hair in parliament. Ripping us off, with a great big smile and a handshake:

Ken Dryden amiably admits he has no idea what a cross-Canada child-care system will cost.

The social development minister also openly doubts the ambitious program will ever be truly universal in scope.

It's more likely services, based on consistent standards, will vary widely, Dryden told CP in an interview.

He compared it with discrepancies among provincial school systems that are nonetheless expected to meet basic requirements.

As for long-term child-care costs: "You really don't know," he said with trademark candour. "In fact, you don't need to know because the future's going to decide it.
Unlike private investors, the government does not need to worry about things like budgets and bad investments, because there is an endless pile of stolen loot at their disposal.
Dryden envisions a time when new elementary schools will include child-care centres, when older schools will be revitalized by the presence of toddlers arriving early in the morning and parents picking them up in the evening.
More from Dryden. From November 2004:
To get them excited, to hook them, to get them involved, to get them to take on some of the load as well. And all the time, it is important to approach the development of this system as an "of course." It will happen. It is a matter of when, not if. Go on the offensive. Put the other guy on the defensive. You have earned the "of course," so use it.

We also need to make what we are doing as irreversible as possible. There will hard moments, moments when it will be much easier to go back than to go ahead. We need to make going back as painful as possible. With each step we all take in these next five years, it will be harder to go back. More spaces, higher quality, higher expectations and ambitions, a bigger and growing public appetite, building the pressure on each level of government, to reinforce the commitment implicit in building a system. We need to paint ourselves into a corner because it's a corner we want to be in and need to be in.
"Communist educators would have liked to take charge of children from the day they were born, removing them from their parents and placing them in communal nurseries. ...In 1921, Zlata Lilina, an official of the Commissariat of Enlightenment, insisted that it was best for children to be removed from their homes...'Raising children is not the private task of parents, but the task of society.'"
-- Russia under the Bolshevik Regime, p331 by Richard Pipes ©1994

1 Comment:

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