Do we, as a society, consider our children to be assets, or liabilities/responsibilities?
Note that and asset does not mean "valued". We definitely value our children. To phrase another way, do we consider our children to be useful members of society currently, or are they another mouth to feed until they reach adulthood and can become useful?
I think the majority of people feel, and rightly so, that their government-educated kids don't know enough to effect change. On the other side, the home school front believes, rightly, that their children can affect change in society. It all comes down to what your kid knows, how brainwashed they are, and how status quo indoctrinated they are. Sorry to say this, but there's a huge difference, depending on how they're raised and educated.
Katie, it all depends on the vision and dream of a society. If it has Lofty Goals and a Dream of ensuring healthy and prosperous society, embellished with justice, equality, peace and tranquility..... than it has to consider it's children as the useful members. Their excellent education and training will help realise the objectives. In such case the society will take care of children as effective as a farmer treat his crops or a businessman his tender business.
This is an excellent goal! Do you think we are on the way to achieving that goal, or do you think we are moving in the wrong direction?
That need an elaborate and exhaustive studies of different societies Katie, as the conditions are not uniform. Only I can say, looking at the overall conditions, that we need some serious measures to ensure a promising generation for the future.
Very brilliant and critical question to answer. He will be the future guardian. So he should be guided and cared of carefully. He is being made now for the future. That is our responsibilies. His future will prove our responsibilities.
This depends upon the particular sector, segment, & subculture of societies. There are sectors, segments & subcultures who consider children to be their future, according them every opportunity & advantage. Such factions do their utmost to ensure that their children have a much better & brighter future than they did. It is nothing for such factions to strongly maintain that any present sacrifice is worth it in order for children to have it much better than they did. This is why this faction strongly believe in & practice family planning, believing in smaller families for they believe that children in such families have the greatest socioeconomic & educational opportunities in addition to receiving the best & utmost in parental care, time & attention.
There are other sectors, segments, & subcultures who feel that children are liabilities/responsibilities, even burdens. Well, they may not believe such but their children are treated as if they are liabilities, responsibilities, & burdens. These factions view children mainly as an obligation. They were told that children are an unavoidable duty & are part of adulthood. So parenthood is approached not in a joyful matter, but in a perfunctory matter. They feel that children are merely an obligation, no more no less, thus the latter are treated as tolerable burdens. They were most likely inculcated that one MUST have children as it was preordained. So they are not likely to be loving, even attentive parents.
Children are merely tolerated until they are able to support themselves. In some of these factions' purview, the sooner, the better. These are some among these factions who strongly maintain that they really do not have to go the so-called extra mile as parents. They are of the school that if the children are provided with the rudiments, they should be satisfied as it is not their duty as parents to do anything else.
Thanks for responding! Is it possible that large families are also advantageous? Kids in large families get the attention of both their parents and older siblings. They gain experience with kids and responsibility by helping with younger siblings.
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