Let's Make It Mandatory!


After all, it’s for our own good!

Whenever the left believe they have a great idea, they always opt for making it mandatory! Thanks to Hube, I found this gem in The Daily Illini:

Opinion | Parenting should require classes

By Marykate Green, Columnist | September 2, 2020

Parenting is a difficult job that requires a lot of life skills. You need to have an abundance of patience, quick reflexes, easy adaptability and unwavering selflessness. With such demanding requirements to become a parent, one would assume there would be a system in place to check that parents meet all of these conditions. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Parents need to be able to change their schedules on a whim and deal with an unknown number of crises throughout the day. When dealing with children, particularly babies and toddlers, one must be ready to roll with their ever-changing temperaments and needs.

They don’t call them “the terrible twos” for nothing. Parents need to be able to recognize the different signs their children give off to determine what it is they need, especially before they learn to speak.

Even though we currently expect parents to learn all of this on the fly, there should be some process in place to teach them at least the basics before they have a child. It isn’t fair to put the pressure on people to figure out parenting on their own. We don’t place adults into the workforce without making sure they have an education, some experience or at least basic training in their field of work.

There could be two ways to teach parents these skills and tips. One way is through implementing mandatory enrollment in parenting classes after confirmation of pregnancy and intention to carry to term or to implement classes for adolescents in high school in order to graduate.

There’s more at the original, and it is unobjectionable, simply about some of the different things of which parents need knowledge. We had those parenting classes in high school: they were called Home Economics, but those were phased out in the 1970s. I suppose that, as feminism became more popular, Home Economics was seen as too much training for women to be housewives.

But when Miss Green said we should be “implementing mandatory enrollment in parenting classes after confirmation of pregnancy,” the obvious question arises: how do we require such? Do we seize women who choose not to attend and force them into classes, or do we impose forced abortions on those who will not attend?

Pregnancy is the natural result of normal copulation, and if we now have effective contraception, sometimes that contraception fails. If we were going to mandate parenting classes for pregnant women, Miss Green, while saying further down, that men need to know about child-rearing, makes no statement about parenting classes being mandatory for them. Confirmation of paternity can be done prior to birth, but it involves a invasive procedure to obtain DNA from the unborn child, a process not without some risk, and DNA from the prospective father. If he is unwilling to submit to such testing, how could he be forced? If there is more than one possible father, something not all that uncommon with today’s “hook up” culture, how do we force several men to submit to DNA sampling? Will there be criminal penalties for a refusal to submit?

Will we require some sort of license for sex, since sex can lead to pregnancy?

Miss Green is right with the idea that potential parents should have more information and education, but wholly wrong with the idea that such should be mandatory. I suppose it’s a natural idea in a time in which people seem to think nothing of state governors issuing mandatory face mask orders or closing down churches in violation of the First Amendment, but we need to understand that a free people should not be so heavily burdened by government, and that while it is always permissible to ask people to do something, ordering them to do so is something quite different . . . and wholly repugnant.
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