I read an article about this last night and have gone on to read the original article here now:
What are your thoughts?
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06-05-2015 12:42 #1
Children who get a bedtime story read to them have an unfair advantage
06-05-2015 13:06 #2
The main culprit of classism is capitalism, not families. Families contribute to it, yes, but to say that abolishing families would be effective is ridiculous.
06-05-2015 13:09 #3
Sub. Only halfway through the article but dd wants to play.
The point re private schooling vs bedtime stories is interesting though...
06-05-2015 13:10 #4
The article was too long for me. I started reading but found it boring
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06-05-2015 15:56 #5
tl:dr - well I read half
and found it theoretical garbage. Seriously ... a strong family bond and parenting disadvantages those who dont have it, so the solution is to disband it for all?
not provide those benefits to the disadvantaged kids some other way ... but reduce all to the lowest common denominator.
06-05-2015 16:06 #6
It's a philosophical argument, not meant to be taken as parenting advice. It can be read to make a subtle but strong case for same sex parenting and donor IVF parenting though by arguing that it's the actions and method of the parenting that has the biggest effect - not the biological relationship or in fact the number of parents (it suggests that their theories still apply if there are three parents instead of two).
It's a thought piece.
Hilarious that the Daily Telegraph is making a fuss about it but not surprising, there's not a lot of philosophy in them there pages.
06-05-2015 16:12 #7
I thought it was meant to be a joke. seriously, why try to make the human race a level playing field. ?? are we all going to work for 50cents a day, and live on top of rubbish tips. that is what the largest percentage of the people in the world do. ?? marie.
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06-05-2015 16:34 #8
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06-05-2015 16:41 #9
I'm disadvantaging other kids because I read to my DD every night? I can see the philosophical point they are trying to make but I don't agree with it. I read to DD because I know it will give her an advantage developmentally. I don't see it as me personally disadvantaging other kids because I have no control over their lives. If I publically advocated for not reading to kids whilst still reading to DD then that would be different.
Lowering the bar instead of aiming to bring those who are disadvantaged up is a terrible theory. It would have a negative impact on society. The supposed benefits of leveling the playing field wouldn't outweigh the negative in making more children disadvantaged & restricting thier development.
The benefits of a good family unit (regardless of how it is made up) is a good point to consider though.
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06-05-2015 17:10 #10
I agree with the comments suggesting that we shouldn't be aiming to make our children equal with the lowest common denominator and rather should be trying to put systems in place to bring the LCD up to a more acceptable level.
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