Sunday, 1 June 2008

Parental rights

I'd have quite bit to say on the subject if it weren't bedtime. Maybe later.

But anyway, check out this story at Parade.com. Do parents have the legal right to teach their own children? Oy! At what point will we have to have state permission to let the baby sit up on his own? Can I have a conversation as we walk along? What if he asks about a color, or the name of a bird? Do I have the right to answer his questions? I'm not a professional...

4 comments:

Ganeida said...

While not immediatly pertinent to Oz all to often we follow where the US leads.

Dana said...

You might want to check with your government issued parenting manual on that. And while you are at it, you can check out some of the resources they have on how to read to your children. Because I think they doubt our ability to do it on our own.

That or there was some desperate need for pork in whatever state publishes those brochures for the government.

Ganeida said...

Huh? & What brochures?

MamaOlive said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dana.
I am reminded of an interview Laura Bush gave several years ago that was all warm and fuzzy - something about parents being the first teachers - and then she said that we are raising future citizens for the state. I wish I could remember the exact words, but it gave me a cold chill. Sounds very Hitler-ish.