Catholic Ed – Kindergarten Questionairre Raises Questions

I received these pages of a Student Entry Health Survey from a mother who is preparing to send her children to Kindergarten at a Catholic school here in PA. This paperwork came from the school district via the Catholic school registration packet. Public school resources, such as district’s school nurse , are made available Catholic schools as part of PA law. They are authorized to come in and do various screenings, such as hearing, vision, and BMI.

Has anyone else had to provide such intrusive and invasive information for Kindergarten registration? Is this standard operating procedure? I found the level of questioning in this survey to be shocking. All my school required, and I was not exactly thrilled about it, was a medical form signed by the MD and answers some very basic and general questions. Nothing like this.

I wrote about the Race to the Top (RTTT) Early Learning Challenge that former Governor Tom Corbett plagued us with and the requirements for a Kindergarten Education Inventory as well as the data collection that would be emanating from these surveys/assessments on our little ones. It’s all part of the womb to tomb data system designed to feed the insatiable appetite of these data mongers and corporate/government elitists who see our children as units of human capital to be analyzed and sorted.  Guess they will be able to predict the future success and “college and career readiness” of children who still wet the bed upon entering Kindergarten or a five year old who has had troubled past when it comes to being selfish in sharing or stubbornness. Or maybe they’re just seeking to qualify for more taxpayer funded programs.

Please note that the questions are not just about physical health, but also social emotional behaviors, attitudes, and dispositions. (See Sections E & F where the parent is asked to circle things that “worry” them about their child or describe how the child gets along with his/her siblings.) But of course, anyone who talks about this is now considered a “conspiracy” fear monger, even among those who are supposedly united in the fight against “the machine.”

Is all of this information truly necessary to properly educate a child in Kindergarten? Barring any problems of serious nature, which would be either self-evident or brought up by the parent, do teachers really have trouble ascertaining the personal qualities, including strengths and weaknesses, of a child after the first few weeks of school? Do the schools really need any more information than an answer to a simple question, such as: “Does your child have any kind of medical condition the prevents or negatively affects his or her ability to participate fully in school activities?” If the answer is no, move along, nothing more to see here. Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t get it.

And what circumstances would be deemed “in the best interest of my child’s health and education” that would prompt the School Health Staff to share this information with other professionals or with other institutions?