New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr. introduced a bill that would require parents of elementary school children to attend a minimum of four parent support classes. If parents don't go, 6th graders won't move onto 7th grade.This sort of thing always sounds like a good idea to the gullible busybody public. They might also favor a mandatory class in cell phone manners.
Leslie Venokur, the co-founder of Big City Moms, called the idea "crazy" and "insane." She said that what is most concerning that the education commissioner and Board of Regents would develop the parenting guidelines. She said the Regents should "stick to what they're good at which is teaching kids and staying away from the parents."
The bill states one of the courses would be related to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children.
Employers would be required to provide one day a year of paid leave so working parents can attend classes.
Some parents and non-parents we spoke with think it is a good idea.
If such a silly law passed, the authorities would use it for brainwashing and meddling. Bad idea.
Its worked so well to have parenting classes when people divorce, that they have decided to extend the program to all parents. The problem with these mandated courses is that they will be used to push the agenda of those in power at the school district. They ignore that entire businesses will be left without employees for a day, especially in a town like New York, where so many people live and work in the same neighborhood.
The government needs to get out of the business of entertaining the best interest of the child, and start looking at the simple principle of are the minimum requirements being provided for the child. No I don't want my children to have the worst things, but I do think that the governments role stops at the point of saying yes they are being ADEQUATELY taken care of. If this were the standard in custody cases, most would go away very quickly. It doesn't matter if mom or dad are better. If they both want an active role in the kid's life, then they should get an equal guaranteed share in the kids life.
Well said, HeligKo.
Parenting classes get outsourced, the person or organisation running them charges what it likes, and once again the govt grants someone a license to print money.
It's about the money, people. Always follow the money.
Reprehensible that they are holding the children hostage to do it.
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