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‘Am I Being Unreasonable’? Mumsnet user demands eugenics against disabled kids

So much for that bastion of respectability, Mumsnet, it seems.

In fact, it seems the site has lost its shine after building a reputation for transphobia, but now it seems to have added disablism to its sins.

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Here’s what was said – and let’s enjoy the responses too:

Indeed, what next? A visit by Aktion T4 – the van with the Zyklon-B?

Let’s have some more responses:

India Willoughby stated: “Mumsnet is NOT a parenting site anymore. It’s a staging ground for bigotry and extremism, where the most awful things are said. Go look. The transphobia in the ‘Feminist’ section is stomach turning. Here a poster questions the value of educating disabled kids.”

Rachel added: “Less Mumsnet, more EugenicsNet now! This is really heartbreaking, OF COURSE disabled children deserve an education and the opportunity to learn and play with others, uncover their talents and learn social skills, regardless of what they go on to do!”

It seems this sort of thing has been happening on Mumsnet for a while.

It would be nice to have a comment from Mumsnet’s organisers.

This Site has requested one, and will publish it if it is forthcoming.


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Do parents even know their children’s school data has been given away?

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Fellow blogger and Vox Political reader Owen Boswarva has delivered frightening proof of the way parents have been sidelined by Michael Gove’s Department for Education, in order to give away – not even sell – confidential information about our children to private companies.

Mr Boswarva said he had written a blog post about the issue last year, in which he stated his concern about “the low profile of DfE’s NPD initiative. Most of the consultation responses are from organisations with an interest in re-using the data, leavened by some cautionary advice from civil society groups. There are only a couple of responses from schools and a half-dozen or so responses from individual parents (consistently opposed to the proposals).” [Emphasis mine]

“There appears to have been no concerted effort to bring the consultation or the NPD initiative to the attention of parents or pupils (i.e. the data subjects themselves). This is a quote from one of the parents who did respond: ‘I am shocked and appalled that I wasn’t notified about this consultation through my child’s school — I read about it on Twitter of all things. A letter should have gone to every single parent explaining the proposals and how to respond to this consultation.’

“(Now imagine that sentiment amplified via Mumsnet …)”

His full article is available here and makes absorbing reading as it features all of the responses to what the DfE (laughably) called its “consultation”.

In his comment to VP, Mr Boswarva wrote: “Some civil liberties organisations (including Big Brother Watch) did respond to the DfE consultation… The implemented access regime is not quite as bad as the original proposals, but I agree we should be concerned.

“For me the main issue is that parents (and pupils themselves, who are the actual data subjects) are unaware of how the personal data is being shared with third-party organisations.

“There was no press release or any other broad communication to the public when access to NPD data was expanded. (It’s worth noting that most of the broadsheets [newspapers] have been given access to Tier 2 pupil data themselves, so they are probably not keen to rock the boat.)

“If you want to get into the detail of what DfE is up to with the NPD, try this Deloitte report: National Pupil Database: Exploiting the benefits of releasing the data.”

I have yet to do so (time being against me) but I invite any readers with an interest to download the report, go through it, and report your findings.

I’m off to find a contact address for Mumsnet.

Addendum: I’ve amended this article after Mr Boswarva contacted me to point out that the DfE isn’t, in fact, selling pupil information – the department is giving it away for free. In my opinion this makes its actions even worse. What do you think? (Thanks are due to Mr Boswarva, whose full communication should appear in the comment column below.)

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