Kiwi Polemicist

July 23, 2009

• Thinking about state schools

The comments button is at the bottom right of this post.

I’ve been thinking about two current features of state schools and the implications of them…

Feature #1 – nurses

Approximately 75% of secondary (high) schools have nurses now. I haven’t been able to find the figures for lower schools, but I’m guessing that it’s similar. In my humble opinion this is another form of nanny-statism, and another way of teaching children to rely on the state for all their needs. When kids go to school they don’t just have teachers, they have guidance counsellors and nurses: it’s clear that the state isn’t just interested in education, it’s interested in the whole person (i.e. it wishes to be a parent), and the children of today go to school to get their every need met (including, in some cases, food).

There’s also a subtle cotton-wool effect arising from the fact that children grow up expecting to have medical care nearby. Children who are raised by parents that wrap them in cotton wool – remember that the state wishes to be a parent – turn out to be fearful weaklings that are excessively risk-averse. To put it another way, they tend to be wimps who are forever looking for more cotton wool to hide in, and these types are often happy to accept the poisonous ministrations of Nanny State.

School nurses are also agents of state surveillance and state control of parents. Think about it: almost every child in New Zealand goes to school, and a great many of those schools have medical personnel who are watching over the children. Those nurses can spot things that teachers often wouldn’t and, unlike teachers, their time is devoted to monitoring the health of children. They also have plenty of excuses for examining children in intimate ways. Parents know that if they send Johnny to school with a lot of bruises and/or hungry and/or dirty and/or poorly dressed they might get unwelcome attention from the state authorities, so the mere presence of a school nurse pressures parents into caring for their children in a way that meets with the state’s approval. On the other hand, you deserve what you get when you deliver your children into the state’s cruel hands.

Twenty years ago school nurses were virtually unknown and schools functioned perfectly well without them. On second thoughts, “perfectly well” is the wrong term: it would be more accurate to say that schools without nurses functioned as well as any morally bankrupt state brainwashing apparatus can function. In my humble opinion there is no need for them now and they are a waste of taxpayer’s money.

Feature #2 – ID cards

big-brother-is-watching-you-218x320As far as I can tell all children of intermediate age (11 years) and above have school ID cards with a photo. Once again, schools used to function as well as any school can without them, so why are they necessary now?

We have photo drivers licences – a de facto ID card bought in for spurious road safety reasons – and now schools have photo ID cards. Do you detect a pattern?

If the state ever does bring in a compulsory ID card (according to Ian Wishart this has been on the agenda since 1987) they will face less resistance if they do it when a large portion of the population is already desensitised (comfortable with the idea) by having had ID cards at school. To put it another way, the state is ensuring that the children of today are used to Big Brother policies such as ID cards.

As an aside, what is the purpose of state ID cards? Look at it this way: if you’re running a wholesale business and wish to be efficient you need to know exactly what’s in your warehouse, the location of each item, and the specifications of each item. In the eyes of those who rule the state you and I are simply goods in the warehouse, i.e. we exist for their benefit, and an ID card system makes it easy for the state to put everything it knows about you in one place. For example, a lot of people have an IRD number (tax), a WINZ number (welfare), a drivers licence number, and a National Health Index number. With an ID card system it is theoretically possible to collate all that information under one National Identification Number, although they’ll probably give it a cutsie name like Kiwi Care Number. It is also theoretically possible for a policeman to stop you in the street, scan a barcode on your ID card, and read all your personal data right there and then: income, criminal history, medical records, place of residence, welfare assistance received, and so on*. The purpose of state ID cards is collation and control: collation of information to aid in the control of individuals.

If they did something like this they’d justify it by saying that we should be willing to give up our right to privacy in order to allow the state to maintain social order – read more about that in my post What is a social contract?.

Thankfully the state has a history of being grossly incompetent when it comes to implementing massive computer projects, such as the one that would be required to collate all your personal data under a national ID number. Many people curse the ineptitude of governments but I am thankful for it, because the incompetence of our enemy is what keeps us safe.

Back to schools: I believe that nurses and ID cards in schools are simply examples of the state’s efforts to infiltrate and control every area of our lives. State education has always been about teaching the state religion, and state control of individuals is part of that religion so it is taught to children in a subtle way.

What are your thoughts regarding nurses and ID cards in schools?

What other implications of these things can you see?

I believe that the state should not be involved in education in any way whatsoever.


Related posts:

The anti-smacking law lets citizens be agents of state terrorism

The problem with democracy – Part One

The New Zealand government is holding 2.1 million blood samples taken from citizens

A biblical perspective on home schooling and state schooling

* the UK government wanted to make ID cards compulsory for everyone but faced opposition. Now the cards are voluntary for most people, but compulsory for permanent residents who come from a country outside the EU. Click here to see what data is stored on the UK ID card: I believe that this is the thin end of the wedge and that more data will be stored when the opposition has gone quiet.




  1. Hi KP,

    Just on this note, not sure if you have ever seen the movie Zeitgeist? Touched on a few issues re your second point.

    Comment by Nick — July 25, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

  2. It’s free to watch on youtube. Its a bit of a cult phenmoenon over in the US. There is the movie then a sequel. Touches on religion and the 9/11 attacks, IMO these parts of it are conspiracy theory kind of stuff. But then very interesting parts on the US economy, Fed Reserve, and just US life in general, e.g attacking the Patriot Act, and explaining how some parents in the US are starting to microchip their children. I don’t necessarily agree with it all, but is a bit of an eye-opener. Well worth a watch

    Comment by Nick — July 27, 2009 @ 11:06 am

  3. As someone who only left school a couple of years ago, (therefore never questioned nurses or ID cards), the points you raise are interesting. However, I disagree the medical personnel are “watching over” students. At my school at least, the nurse just sat in the sickbay waiting for people to come in, handing out plasters and panadol.

    As for student ID cards, I see no need for them. But I’ve never worried about the government having all my personal data. If you don’t break the law, how does it affect you? And if you do, sutrely the easier it is to catch you, the better?

    Comment by Cameron — July 27, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

    • Cameron:

      At my school at least, the nurse just sat in the sickbay waiting for people to come in, handing out plasters and panadol.

      What a waste of taxpayers money. Lazy state agents are the best ones because they do the least harm. However, she’d still be observing those kids who did come into the sick bay and I’m sure that she’d be called if another staff member suspected that a pupil was being abused.

      When I was at school, well before you were a twinkle in your father’s eye, I sat in the sick bay and handed out plasters. Our government slave masters have wrapped us in so much red tape (health and safety regulations) that such a thing would be impossible now*.

      If you don’t break the law, how does it affect you?

      Sorry to be so blunt, but you’re asking the wrong question. The correct question is “What gives the government the right to have all my personal data?”. Despite what the believers of social contract theory say (more on that below), the correct answer is “Nothing whatsoever”.

      And if you do, sutrely the easier it is to catch you, the better?

      That’s what those who believe in social contract theory say, i.e. we should be prepared to give up our rights (privacy in this case) in order to allow the state to maintain social order. If you read my post on that (link below) you’ll see how evil social contract theory is.

      If you only left school a couple of years ago it’s extremely likely that you’ve has statist beliefs programmed into you (think of them as being like a virus in a computer): the cure is reading blogs like mine and having a willingness to change your beliefs 🙂 Another blog that I recommend is

      * for an example of this see

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — July 27, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  4. […] posted a comment on my post titled Thinking About State Schools and mentioned Zeitgeist, The Movie. I have located a site where you can watch the movie, but […]

    Pingback by Zeitgeist, The Movie: what’s it all about? « Kiwi Polemicist — July 27, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

  5. […] Thinking about state schools […]

    Pingback by Lynfield College fight: another excellent reason for not sending children to school « Kiwi Polemicist — September 4, 2009 @ 8:54 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: