BBB threatens parents’ role in raising and educating their children

Robert Draper, in to New York Times Magazine part published 13 days after the then candidate Joe bidenJoe BidenKyle Rittenhouse: No Money Traded For Tucker Carlson Interview, Overnight Energy & Environment Documentary Series – Biden To Release 50 Million Barrels Of Oil Reserve On The Money – Biden: America Should ‘Rest Easy’ On Prices MOREThe 2020 Super Tuesday series of victories raised a question that has been on my mind ever since: “Did the United States misjudge Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Senate Democrats Call on Biden to Push for Patent Exemptions for COVID-19 Vaccine at WTO Biden’s overspending impoverishes Americans, just before vacation Progressive or moderate, Senate Democrats must do advance Biden’s agenda MORE? Or did he misjudge America? “As several commenters were quick to point out, particularly now that the House of Representatives passed the reconciliation bill, also known as Build Back Better (BBB), even though Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Failed to succeed. captured during his two campaigns for that office, his ideas have nonetheless become central to Democratic policymaking. It is now safe to predict that regardless of whether Sanders “misjudged America” ​​or not, we are all in for it. about to get a healthy dose of his remedies on how the nation should restructure itself.

Criticism of the reconciliation bill has been aroused with enthusiasm in recent weeks and has focused on several important aspects, since its likely impact on already worrying inflation degrees, how to move more towards a Well-being system “from the cradle to the grave” is the antithesis of the American ethos, of the ugliness of vilify the super rich, which through private investment can propel the United States (and the entire world) forward in categories ranging from space travel to anti-aging research.

However, in my opinion, the most worrying and least appreciated deleterious effect of this pending legislation refers to the effect it will have on the reconceptualization of the relationship between parents and children, since it takes away the expectation of child care from parents and families extended and towards the state.

This is exemplified by the inclusion of the universal Pre-K provision in the reconciliation bill, a proposal that survived. the cuts that eliminated free community colleges and other measures. Universal Pre-K was, after all, a cornerstone of Sanders 2020 presidential campaign. His campaign literature at the time, foreshadowing a debate that has irritated Congress this year, notably defined “child care” as “infrastructure,” while also stating that “[o]Our current system of child care and early education in the United States is an international disgrace ”and demands“ all day, all week free … from infancy to three years ”.

Now, less than two years after the Sanders campaign issued this proposal, something very close to this vision is likely to become reality in the United States, barring significant modifications from the Senate side.

In addition to the more fundamental concern that the state supplants the role of parents and extended families, always important, when it comes to raising and transmitting values ​​to children, there are findings that question the assumption that earlier schooling corresponds to better educational outcomes later on (a central argument used by policy proponents).

This also comes at a time when public education increasingly away from the brand across the board. In August, the Democratic Governor of Oregon. Kate brownKate Brown Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Altria – Obama urges the world to do more at COP26 Hawaiian governor urges bolder climate action: Net zero ‘is not good enough’ Former NYT columnist Kristof launches candidacy for Governor of Oregon MORE enacted a bill suspending math, reading and writing requirements for high school graduation. However, the solution being pushed out of Washington, DC, remains the same: let’s get children into this system even earlier, and prioritize interventions from educators over parents.

Earlier this month, McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski faced significant criticism. for pointing out to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot her belief that parents should be more responsible for the welfare of their children. And, in September, in a mistake that defined a campaign for governor, Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffe Virginia’s urgent lesson: Democrats ‘gap in enthusiasm for negative voting’ irregularities ‘in elections, an issue that concerns more than just Republicans Ocasio-Cortez on the Virginia gubernatorial race:’ We didn’t go welcome to launch ‘MORE He said, “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.” The momentum of Congress is in line with the critics of Kempczinski and the momentum of McAuliffe’s claim: The default should be that children, from a young age, should be the domain of people other than their parents.

None of this is to evade recognition of the legitimate difficulties that many parents experience in paying for or finding adequate child care, but it is not the taxpayer’s job to take care of people’s children. Fatherhood, and the family in general, is about assuming obligations: with the son, the grandson, the niece or the nephew, particularly in an era in which various social critics have pointed to the decline of the extended family as a key driving force behind the uprising reports of loneliness and social isolation.

Although the term “family values” has been taken advantage of frequently And sometimes bastard for political purposes, there is perhaps no more glaring example of its bastardization than when Sanders’ campaign literature referred to government-funded universal child care. as an example of “Promulgate real family values.”

Real Family Values ​​is not about shifting responsibility to government-provided child care; it is about rediscovering the responsibility of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles towards the children of their families. And as those who have watched almost any debate in education over the past half century quickly note, the question constantly returns to the same underlying problem: Families are almost always better equipped to care for their children than anyone else.

Erich J. Prince co-founded and directs Merion West (@merionwest), a Philadelphia-based group promoting civil discourse in the age of polarization; He also writes a weekly column in MediaVillage on how the news media covers politics. He previously served as communications strategist for former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

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