February 8, 2006
ON SAMPLE PRECINCT CAUCUS RESOLUTIONS
THE DANGERS OF UNIVERSAL
MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING:
- Mental health (social & emotional) diagnoses have sometimes been
the result of screening for politically incorrect attitudes and
- Using drugs to control behavior is dangerous and wrong, especially
when study after study has shown these drugs to be ineffective and
- Prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children have increased by
300% in ten years.
- Wealthy special interest foundations, social activist organizations
funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and the federal government
frequently offer grants to school districts to have them develop mental
health (social & emotional) screening and treatment programs in K-12
schools, pre-schools, and in early infancy.
GOVERNMENT EARLY CHILDHOOD OUTCOMES:
- Corporate business interests are promoting universal preschool as
their current suppliers of women in the workforce and refer to pre-school
children and school-age children as business commodities like ěhuman
- Taxpayers should not be supplying universal pre-school for business
interests in order for business to have access to both parents in the
workforce. This constitutes expensive corporate welfare at the expense of
- Current research identifies a significant number of children whose
preschool attendance hinders their development of social skills and
motivation to learn.
- Government policies should be designed to allow families a realistic
option of being the primary care-givers of their preschool children.
These policies include lower taxes and restraints on the growth of
expansive government oversight of early childhood learning.
- Wealthy special interest foundations attempted to pass legislation in
2005 that would have assessed and categorized all Minnesota children,
childcare facilities, early childhood development programs, and children
at home according to these controversial social and mental health
- Legislation almost passed in the 2005 legislature to grant state tax
money to private, religious, and public child care facilities and early
learning programs which adopted these government social and mental health
- Imposing government-defined social and mental health outcomes on
private caregivers and families violates the autonomy of parents to raise
their children according to their own values and belief.
- Wealthy special interest groups and foundations are working toward a
system of universal early learning for all children using government
social and mental health outcomes that are non-academic, subjective, and
- IB has contracted with the United Nations to produce IB teaching
materials about UN global issues.
- IB does not align with the state academic standards adopted by the
- These non-academic, invasive surveys introduce many students to
activities and behaviors that violate their moral principles and are an
invasion of their personal modesty and self-respect.
- Parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing and
education of their children, and parents bear the first responsibility to
protect their children from what they consider emotionally, mentally, or
- These non-academic, invasive surveys are frequently administered
without the knowledge or permission of the parents, sometimes in the very
early years of school.