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Thursday, December 15, 2005


You may have heard the story a few months ago regarding a school in our area (Chaffey High School, Ontario, California). A parent of one of the students chose to attend the student's classes all day, to make sure the student was attending class. However, the parent didn't need a government to order him to do this; the parent did it on his own.

I don't know how I feel about government regulations that hold parents responsible for the actions of their teenagers. While there are probably cases of "bad parenting," there are probably other cases where the parents couldn't control the teenager if they tried.

But is an out of control teenager indicative of bad parenting earlier on? Or is there a problem with the environment the teenager grew up in, such as the local community? Both or neither?

But I agree that Americans probably won't tolerate legislating parents in such a manner.

How many times have I thought to myself, while watching some example of bad parenting, "How come you need a license to be a barber, a license to be a real estate agent, a license to drive a car, but you don't need a license to bear children?"


Could you imagine what would happen to America's population if parenting licenses were required? It would start falling precipitously.

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