posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 03:06 PM
We need less governmental regulation, not more.
Yes, there are bad parents out there. Although absent fathers have gotten the majority of the bad rap, the current system is constructed to alienate
them and remove them from the picture, rather than empowering them to be a part of the family unit. Besides, mothers are statistically more likely to
abuse their children than the fathers.
However, I believe that bad parents are the exception to the rule, and not the rule itself. Most parents are mediocre parents and some are exceptional
parents, but it should not be the government's role to determine who is which, and who should procreate and who should not. Our lack of culture is
entirely because of the McStandardization of every level of our society.
After all, if one raised a child the way that mainstream society would like, that level of coddling would create yet another generation of
co-dependent children that are unprepared for the world and will not leave the nest even into their 40's. I personally think that our culture would
be a better place if parents had a more Laissez-Faire attitude towards their children, and encouraged their search for independence rather than teach
Besides, for all the bad parents out there, there are just as many children that learn from their parent's bad examples. I grew up in a physically
and emotionally abusive household. It didn't scar me whatsoever or ruin my life in any way. I grew up, got my first job at 14 (and made 3x what my
father with a very high level of Security Clearance did per hour) and moved out at 15. I became not only a responsible adult long before my peers, but
learned from my parents' bad example to become a parent not like them, but an exceptional parent that has raised a fiercely independent and
strong-willed child who is eager to make her own way in the world.
As far as mandatory education, unless you are home-schooled, it is already mandatory in High School. For the past two or three decades every student
must pass some kind of Parenting class in school...although the teenagers of some fundamentalist Christians get excused on religious grounds because
these classes often teach Birth Control methods or teach ambiguity of the family unit rather than teaching only the Nuclear Family model.
Still, bad parents have been around since the dawn of time. It is no one's right to judge another lest they have walked a while in their shoes. As
such, no one has a right to deny another the unalienable right of procreation, least of all the government.
As such, I have to give a big thumbs down to the idea.
[edit on 9-8-2009 by fraterormus]