Claptrap

Children’s minister Sarah Teather said … “These reforms will put parents in charge. We trust parents to do the right thing for their own child because they know what is best.”

http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1073255/families-win-personal-budgets-sen-support?utm_content=&utm_campaign=160512_Daily&utm_source=Children%20%26%20Young%20People%20Now&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cypnow.co.uk%2Fcyp%2Fnews%2F1073255%2Ffamilies-win-personal-budgets-sen-support

Hmm. Need we recall the anti-vaccination movement, chelation therapy for autism, homeopathy for eczema…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctuated-equilibrium/2011/oct/11/1
http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/12/personalized_gene-targeted_cancer_therapy.php
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9074208/ns/health-mental_health/t/boy-autism-dies-after-chelation-therapy/#.T7OQeHn3mSo
http://www.emaxhealth.com/1024/66/33902/homeopathic-treatment-severe-eczema-baby-leads-death.html

I’m not saying parents shouldn’t have the right to decide things, but the idea that they have some magic pipeline to good decision-making just because they are parents is garbage.

Gah.

D

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