But all of these issues probably have more to do with neglectful parenting (Hi, Mom!) than with national policies governing the care and well-being of our children. Here are some examples of rules that are actually in effect at my daughter’s elementary school:
Naturally, my question is whether these changes in how we raise our children are a good or bad thing. It’s great to make kids aware that their teasing, bullying and isolation of others have lasting negative effects. But doesn’t this make it difficult for kids to determine their social pecking order, which constitutes a major tenet of Darwinism? If little dweeby kids grow up with healthy self-esteems and outgoing personalities, then who will want to spend enough time in laboratories to invent the genetically engineered transplant organs that I’m going to need? It’s certainly not going to be those big dumb kids, whom I will need later to entertain me with their UFC bouts and hilarious mug shots.
Of course, I tend to err on the side that evolution has brought us to a more enlightened state now than we were in when I was a kid. However, I can't help but think that skinned knees and bloody noses teach as much about life as Geometry and English Lit. I have certainly gotten more practical use out of knowing, for example, what to do in case a teeny little gasoline fire happens to break out in my driveway, than out of knowing the Pythagorean Theorem. Anyway, I would love to discuss this further, but I have to go to a school meeting to prepare for the celebration of Our Huggable Vegetative Friends Appreciation Day. You may remember it as Arbor Day.
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