“…Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it. The songs, the processions, the banners, the hiking, the drilling with dummy rifles, the yelling of slogans, the worship of Big Brother — it was all a sort of glorious game to them. All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which The Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak — ‘child hero’ was the phrase generally used — had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police.”–George Orwell in 1984
While they aren’t co-opting youngsters to spy on parents for speaking out against the government (yet), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSF) is planning to use a $990,000 State grant to teach teens to sell Obamacare on their families.
The funding comes from a broader $37 million grant blitz by Covered California, the State’s health insurance exchange, to promote President Barack Obama’s nationally unpopular healthcare overhaul.
“We have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students,” said Sarah Soto-Taylor, spokeswoman for Covered California.
The grant money provided to LAUSD will be used to encourage families to sign up for Obamacare via phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations and meetings with employees eligible for Obamacare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare, the grant award says.
Teens in the school district will act as sort of “unpaid propagandizers” for the Obamacare effort, according to an article from The Heartland Institute.
“Teens are part of a ‘pilot’ program to test whether young people can be trained as messengers to deliver outreach and limited education to family and friends in and around their homes,” said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a LAUSD spokesman, in an email to Heartland. “Teens will be educating adults that they already know (e.g., family or friends) and not other adults.
If the program is successful, stand by for more Federal initiatives to use schoolchildren as active propagandists for the State. No longer will they simply be passive recipients of government propaganda for seven hours each day.
If children are, as people like to say, the future, perhaps another of Orwell’s passages in 1984 is appropriate: “If you want a vision of the future… imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever.”