Remember, the definition of mental health was changed in the early 70's, and no longer relates to one person's inability to know right from wrong, etc., but to the community needing mental health treatment, in other words, politically correct. As we know Pres. Bush has been pushing mental health for all.
The radical idea of assuming control of early childhood is not new, as most NL no doubt know. The NEA publication of 12-69/1-70 stated that educators would assume formal responsibility for children at the age of 2, and that drugs might be used on children. The 1974 Washington State publication "Guidelines for Child Development Laboratories" revealed activities for Early Learning.
A real eye-opener came from Washington State's Superintendent of Public Instruction's Your Public Schools 6-85, discussing a teacher workshop to be held at Western Washington University on "Early Childhood: Global Peace Education". Quoting, "the workshop will feature presentations, discussions, practicum experiences and social events emphasizing that early learning should seek to develop the full potential of each child, and focusing on the philosophy of interdependence, the psychology of peace making and the development of global awareness curriculum for infancy through age 8." Note that said INFANCY!!! Our Senate Ed Committee is now called "Early Childhood, K-12, and Higher Education.
A few years ago, a number of us picketed the Early Childhood meetings chaired by Bill Gates wife and Mona Locke, the wife of then Governor Gary Locke. The Lockes are Chinese, and of course Mona went to China and found how far ahead of Americans those little babies function. Governor Locke said the reason they needed Early Childhood Education was because when they had their first child, Emily, he "didn't know whether to tickle her or read to her". He didn't learn much, because when they had a son, Dillion, he repeated the same theme.
Hearing, "I'm the government, and I am here to help you", gets scarier all the time.