• Michelle Smith

When Did We Lose Control?: forced conformity of the education and healthcare systems

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

In today’s society we are so accustomed to mandates placed on our lives that we have become desensitized to them. As our children grow and develop, it is safe to say that education and health care are the most significant predictors of outcomes concerning our children’s future. So how is it that the authority of these factors that determine not only their future, but ours as well, have been taken from us and placed into the hands of our government?

This is something that I have often wondered and to be honest, am totally creeped out by. How did we become so trusting of a world that has lied to, misused and abused us, that we are on the verge of relinquishing the rights of our children, and us as parents, to a body of strangers?

It wasn’t until the 20th century that it became mandatory for children to be sent off to brick and mortar schools in order to receive a “proper” education. Prior to, it was the responsibility of parents to educate their children. Beyond reading and arithmetic, parents also instilled morals and ethics, life skills and spirituality. However, it seems that as time goes by we rely on the education system to dictate these value in our children. While this may seem a little extreme to some, it is a classic case of good intentions gone wrong. Yes, it is a beautiful thing for children to learn and grow amongst their peers, with trusted adults in a trusting community. But can we honestly say that this is the standard? Instead we are now faced with overcrowded classrooms, stressed out teachers and delinquent peers, who all now instill their own morals, ethics, life skills and spirituality according to how they see fit… and I’m being generous.

Outside of the dangers that we consider on a daily basis when our children leave for school, an even bigger threat goes undetected. The education system as we know it has not only taught us how to read and write, but also how to conform without second thought. For some it is understood that school teaches how to regurgitate information without the crucial dexterity of critical thought. Despite being told that there is no such thing as a stupid question, we are taught not to question things outside of what our teachers have told us. Which brings me to my next observation.

How many of us have really questioned our healthcare provider’s instruction, even when it conflicts with our intuition… or plain old common sense? How many of us have wondered why the number of vaccinations before the age of 11 has risen from 10 doses in 1983 to 48 doses in 2017 (according to the CDC vaccine schedule)? That’s quite a jump in our lifetime alone… if you are a millennial parent like myself. While some diseases have greatly declined, other ailments have significantly risen, negatively affecting children more than ever before.

I am not declaring that vaccines are the sole cause of the multitude of these ailments, I am stating that we must question the benefit versus the risks of such an intrusive practice. Especially when the sole purpose is to protect children and create a healthier environment, when that is clearly not happening, and in fact is quite the opposite. Our children are getting sicker by the day, with increased diagnoses of developmental disorders, allergies, diabetes, cancer and the list goes on.

My intentions are not to blame or shame anyone, trust that we have all been deceived. Rather intentional or not, this is our reality and we must hold ourselves accountable for these precious beings that we have been blessed and trusted with. It is time for us to take back our authority over our children and their well being. It is time for us to question, research and question some more. It is time for us to trust ourselves and the God given abilities that we were blessed with. If we don’t protect our children who will?

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