Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Sins of the Child, Part 2

With what seems to me to be an epidemic of lousy-parented-punks around these days (solo and in gangs), an idea that at first sounds crazy - but may have some merit - is that of mandatory "parenting classes" before you get your "license to conceive".  Outrageous, you say?  That's what I said too when I first heard this idea.  But you need a gun safety course to own a gun, and a driver's education course to get your driver's license - hell, you need a license to start a business, go fishing or own a dog - all of which pale in comparison to the importance of raising a child.  No instruction at all about the most important acquisition you'll ever make (and eventually thrust upon an unsuspecting public) - your duties and responsibilities to your baby and the society that will support it?  (Okay, let's get this out of the way right now: you wouldn't be required to get a license to practise conceiving, so go ahead and pour that second glass of wine!)  And, if parents were required to take a preconception "responsible parenting" license course (whether they showed up or not), would they be more careful about raising little Johnny?  Perhaps.  How about if they knew, as a result of said course, that they'd be held jointly liable for misdemeanors committed by their child?  Yeah, we could put it right into the course manual!  Hey, dear, where's my Underwood typewriter and copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell?  Let's get this thing happening!