Preschool DNA Testing: Eugenics in Action

Porsafillo Preschool Academy in New York is one of those preschools where the babies are expected to learn Mandarin Chinese and C++, among other subjects that seem better suited to a college curriculum.

It also is probably the only preschool around with a neurologist on staff.

Accepting only 32 students a year out of more than 12,000 applicants, Porsafillo is the nation's most exclusive preschool.

To make the job of selecting those 32 easier, Porsafillo has instituted a program to screen the children's DNA.

According to Headmistress Rebecca Unsinn, who was a child neurologist previously, the test is looking for genetic markers that Unsinn believes indicate traits like intelligence, leadership and confidence.

And in the process, Porsafillo is weeding out a whole lot of human trafe.

Parents being what they are today, the applicants to Porsafillo don't even blink at the requirement, some going so far as to have the sample for the DNA test taken while the child is still in the womb, according to a recent NPR story.

Porsafillo is the type of school that gets children into other high-brow schools. Getting into Porsafillo is the closest thing to a guarantee of a future life on Mount Olympus.

Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, has said that whatever behavioral predisposition may exist because of DNA is governed ultimately by environment and free will.

In other words, you can screen DNA all you like and still end up with a Joe Biden.

But more important is the question of access. If Joe had to rely on his own natural talents, he probably never would have made it to the vice presidency.

It's all about connections, via family, friends and now, DNA.

Having the right gene sequence will open doors. Having the wrong DNA means the doors remain closed.

Is there any doubt that this practice, left unchecked, might one day extend into other schools, possibly even public schools, then into employment, maybe housing or healthcare determinations?

A New York Times op-ed called the DNA testing "ghoulish."

Unsinn dismisses such Luddite criticism. "This is not unethical at all. If anything, it's extremely ethical. This is now no longer a subjective decision," she said. "This is a clinical test that can show us how a child will perform throughout its life."

The justification sounds disturbingly familiar. Do you deserve the thumb pointing to the right or the left? Our helpful staff will decide for you.

When opportunity is based on heritage, and a child's future can be set in the womb, isn't that the same as breeding a master race?


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  • Bobseeks

    Sounds a lot like the novel "Brave New World" where people were assigned to a life of being Alphas (leaders), Betas (professionals), and Gammas (workers) according to how they received nourishment during gestation (or something like that - it has been a long time since I read the book). Their pre-programmed, pre-birth capabilities were their destiny and movement upward was impossible. The people were kept content and in line through the use of a drug called soma. This type of society has long been the dream of wannabe dictators like maobama and I am sure that he finds this quite intriguing.

    • gnafuasusual

      Maybe "soma" -da- drugs are used by our elite in D.C. Suppose?

      • Evie46

        I think you might be right.  You can't determine a future criminal by their DNA so what all are they looking for.  Many brilliant people are great fugitives of the law.

  • Screeminmeeme

    It's scary to think that 12,000 parents a year try to get their kids accepted into this preschool, under the tutelage of a social engineer.

    • DOOMED

      Does HOME SCHOOL ring a bell to TEACH our children today instead of the government fool schools to brainwash them?

  • jimpeel

    "... Porsafillo is weeding out a whole lot of human trafe."

    What was the author trying top say here? "Trafe"?; what is trafe? Looked it up and it doesn't exist. Any guesses out there?

    Anyway, moving on, Margaret Sanger would be soooo proud.

    • Eastkynana21

      I believe that the term is probably "chaff", the waste that is removed from grain when it is cleaned, as in, "winnow the wheat from the chaff".  Either way, it is very disturbing.  It is not what you have, but what you do with it that makes a successful person.  Over the years, I have seen many supposed geniuses do nothing useful with their lives while average people with drive and determination became outstanding successes.
      God bless those poor little things whose parents WANT them in this place. 

      • jimpeel

         Great guess. That could be exactly what the author intended to convey.

        "Give me four years
        to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."
        -- Vladimir Lenin

    • DOOMED

      trafe is trade...just an oops, a typo.

    • Ruggedlark

      Yes jimpeel, that "human trafe" jumped out to me as well. And while Eastkynana21 thinks it could be "chaff", I'm thinking not. The words aren't even similar. 

    • BobT

       Trafe means "torn" or "damaged"

    • Vmjsc

       Could be a typo, or could mean what it says, trafe (alt. sp. of treyf): the opposite of kosher, meaning damaged, unfit to eat, etc. Considering the overtones of Nazism, a Yiddish word here works. Or "trade" or "chaff" work in the context, too.

      • jimpeel

        I didn't check the urban dictionary until now. Definition does fit the context of what the author was saying as he was saying they were weeding out the unfit.

        1. trafe

        The opposite of kosher ("fit" or "proper") is trafe. Trafe means "torn" or "damaged" and is a grouping of foods that are unfit or improper to eat.

        I'm going to give the heads up to BobT and Vmjsc. Great catch.

    • Scoffsmom

      Trafe
      1. opposite of Kosher, torn or damaged.
      2. not comparable
      3. inferior

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    LOL   These idiots doing this are completely out of whack.    Unless of course they are using the tests as a blind for their real motive of perhaps only letting certain families in such as the Clintons or Obama's.    If they are truly serious about this I hope they wind up with a bunch of idiots for that is certainly what they deserve  because it does not work as pointed out by Dr. Collins.

  • DOOMED

    In lawyer speak:  "Open the door and..."  That phrase applies to the newly introduced sales tax wayyyy back in the 1950's.  They said "Only one percent, that's not much to ask."  In some cities, that 1% tax is now 8% or higher.  Open the door for DNA, and it will be mandatory for your newborns DNA to be in the National Data Base for future use by government; track them from cradle to grave (don't forget the implantable chip too). 

  • copakeman

    ted kennededy would not have had to pass a dna sceening, to have been accepted into porsaffilio, he was above god.
    this school applicants sound like the the people, who begged bernie maddoff to invest their money. then bragged to impress everyone, that bernie maddoff was handling their finances.

  • Whisperer

    This was an April Fool's joke piece that NPR ran on April 1.

    • Arby

      I think a lot of this conspiracy crap on these sites is a joke. Trying to scare people into purchasing all these gloom and doom books that are proliferating.

  • Douglasgilmore1

    Every thing that is happening today is trying to seperate the masses for having a " Master Race ". That is
    the desire of the current " Elite ".

  • ermom

    Hitler, eugenics, Margaret Sanger

  • DockyWocky

    "And in the process, Porsafillo is weeding out a whole lot of human trafe."

    Just like most geniuses. Can't spell, but judges other folks.

  • Jtbass_6

    Ever see the movie Gattica? That movie show's what the future these people are planning would look like.

  • Evanowen

    You saps!  The school does not exist!  The story ran on April 1st.  It is the ritual NPR April Fools Day joke.  They ran one on Morning Edition and one on All Things Considered.  The other gag was the newly discovered Beethoven's 10th Symphony.  Don't hold your breath waiting for it on iTunes.

  • rick0857

    Any body else thinking of Hitler and gang?

  • Sutekh

    The New York Times has too throughly cooperated with the socialists for too long to make a dent in this by disagreeing. First they'll do like Hitler, and forcibly sterilize all the women carrying the gene for color-blindness, to improve the quality of the U.S. of Obama (remember his flag) army. And remember? Hitler was half Jewish, just as Obama is half white, so next they'll go after the white people. Although whites are a majority in this country, they are a minority globally, and Obama is a good-ole third world dictator, like Robert Mugabe, who regularly overlooks the murder of whites in his country because of his racism.

  • dizdamduster

    It's BS.  Free will and environment. IQ goes so far. The rest is wanting to achieve. We have genius level in prison and morons running the govt. Enough said.

  • Elizabeth Tauschen

    If you had linked to the original NPR news story, people would have realized that it was aired on April Fool's Day, and is not a true story. Also, "Porsafillo" is an anagram for "April Fools." "Unsinn" (the fake headmaster's name) in German means "Nonsense."

    http://www.npr.org/2012/04/01/149804404/n-y-preschool-starts-dna-testing-for-admission

  • Unc

    You know this was an April Fool's story on NPR, right?

  • Ted

    This was an April Fool's story from NPR - it's a joke people!!