posted on Aug, 18 2014 @ 04:15 PM
You know this is a great topic. And one that I find myself appalled by almost every answer/idea including my own which has changed over the years.
There is my gut feeling about it, my idealist opinion about it, my feminist opinion about it, I have a practical opinion about it and so forth.
After being a parent, teacher and observer of social trends, I can say with conviction that too many people who should not have children are bringing
children into the world and not caring for them in ways that are wholesome. We pawn our children off on babysitter's and child care centers, contain
them in over crowded schools that are little more then holding pens while their parents work for the system. I see a lot of child abuse and I'm not
talking about physical violence though there is plenty of that, I'm talking about neglect in many forms sometimes by very well meaning parents.
Healthy child development requires attention to the physical, the mental, the emotional, the social and I see few children that learn these
competencies. These competencies need to be modeled (as well as taught) by all the adults in a child's life. Supporting their development requires
commitments of time and money from preferable two parents and a circle of caring adults. Children need to be with other children but not at the
expense of being with healthy productive adults.
All that said - my gut says Yes to Parental Licensing. We need a license to drive, we need to know the laws of the road and to do basic maintence,
what to do in a accident. Why shouldn't we require some basic parenting skills?
But then the political and idealogical problem pop up. Who decides on the standards, yadda, yadda, yadda along with the near certainity of any such
system being twisted to support Big Money.
So on that front No.
Our OP talked of the US having, according to his sources, an average birth rate of 2.1 or the like. That's an average over the whole population
regardless of race or economic status. And it is still 'growth' in a time we need to bring birth rates down (i.e. more deaths per year then
The commie angle - isn't communist it's Authoritarianism. I'm not sure what to call the Chinese state right now, but it's much more capitalist
then communist and has been since Nixon went to China.
Overpopulation is a huge problem for children's wellbeing and therefore the wellbeing of the planet and all it's systems. Empowering women great
way to address the population problem as well as addressing the Child Development problem. Generally, empowered (meaning not afraid for whatever
reason) women do not have more children then they can easily care for.