Should prospective parents have to complete mandatory training before their children are born?
We have licenses for driving, teaching, hunting, weapon ownership, medical practices, using explosives and many other things that have less of an impact on the world than bringing a life into it. Should we make it a responsibility of the state to provide parents basic information for raising children?
No, definitely not. There is already too much of a tendency these days to treat parenting as a kind of rocket science, when it certainly is not.
However, I would suggest that there should be more basic information available in all hospital delivery rooms about safe options for the child (for people who were not happy about having a child or who were trying to hide the fact they were pregnant). Like, how to arrange for an adoption, etc, if the person was not planning/wanting the child. To keep the child safe, I mean. Not saying hospitals should be forcing this on people at all, just that the info should be laid out there (e.g. in a booklet) for people who might need it but are scared to ask.
But to answer the question, definitely no to any form of mandatory training, regardless of circumstance.
It would be nice if people had to pass a test in order to get pregnant but nature doesn't work that way so I would have to say no, simply because it would create a new bureaucracy.
It probably will happen some day. The current population of the planet is 7 billion, about 3 billion more than can be sustained. China only permits one child per family. They have roughly the same land mass as the US but a population of 1.3 billion compared to the US's .3 billion. If the US population grows to anything close to that of China we will probably see similar restrictions.
Oh, that's really interesting! I like this question a lot. I think it could actually be very beneficial, but difficult to enforce.
i've noted my frustration with the present system in http://hubpages.com/wheres-my-life-manual
no they shouldn't. why would anyone want a law like that? when it gets to the point that people can only have kids if they pass a course, it's time to leave that country. this makes communism look pleasant.
There are already classes in high school where the basic care of a child is taught. There are also programs for training those who wish to be certified as babysitters. But to force mandatory training on prospective parents would certainly interfere with their right to raise their child with the belief systems they adhere to. And what about the cases where women don't even know they're pregnant until they're in the throes of childbirth? Would it then be mandatory for the mother to turn her baby over to authorities for safe keeping until after the mandatory training has been completed?
There are no absolutes when raising children since all children are just as individual as the parents who conceived them. My answer is a resounding NO!
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