The goal was to make people more rational. It was to let young children see that there were ways of thinking different than that of their parents. It was to change the values, through logic, in American thinking. The values of the Judeo-Christian ethics were now passe.
AN EXAMPLE OF A VALUES CLARIFICATION EXERCISE (DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN AND USED IN SOME CLASSES...AND SINCE I DID MY STUDENT TEACHING THEN...I KNOW THIS FIRST HAND)
There are 6 people in a life raft and they have been floating for days. They only have enough food for five more days if everyone is to eat. With the water current running as it is, the captain says it will be 2 weeks before they hit Obama Island and will be saved. On the boat there are:
1. an old lady who is weak,
2. the captain with navigational skills,
3. a priest (there is ALWAYS a religious guy in these "games"),
4. a 20 year-old B. Spears type who whines alot but may eventually be useful for the propagation of the species,
5. a middle aged used car salesman, and
6. Obama himself.
Which four people should be tossed overboard so the others have a chance at living? You are told that there are no right or wrong answers.
These types of "values" games give rise to thinking that allows people to step away from the law. They feel they know better than the law and have the moral high ground to make decisions outside of the law.
WHAT??? Yes...there are some who think going beyond the law to move children around not for cause but for the child's "own good" is a justifiable activity. They believe that government should be able to take a child from one environment and move him/her to another based on what may be better for the child. Removal for greener pastures is not part of our law. (Hello...there is always a better place for a child. I can make an argument that ANY particular home is not as good as another. And, government does it all the time as justification for moving children.)
Take little 3 year-old Lilly's case. She was with financially strapped grandparents. Once Lilly was removed from the foster parents (I take many kudos here) she was placed with the greats. The department thinks she is better off with rich, but much older, great-grandparents. There was not legal reason to take Lilly from her grandparents. There was never any claim of abuse. But, "richer is better" according to the department. This is a "values clarification" decision.
This is the thinking of someone who has no problem going beyond the rule of law and is willing to believe that people working for the government, unaccountable as they are, are somehow better able to decide where children should be.
This is why we have law...to keep government restrained in its actions with the people!
The "government must know best" thinking is certainly not one of American origins! We remove children who are in danger. Yes. But, the states have gone far beyond that with the powers that have been entrusted to them.