Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 8, 2007
State run childcare facilities fail the child and the family
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"Children hardly went home."
- Patricia Morgan
Studies show a correlation between attendance in institutional daycare and increased aggression. "The worst thing for other children is other children," Morgan said, noting they pick up their peers' bad behaviours.
Sweden has had to cut back. The country now offers mothers lengthy paid maternity leaves. If a woman has a baby a year, she can effectively stay home for five to six years on nearly full-time wages.
Norway and Finland have moved towards voucher systems, allowing women to buy the kind of care they prefer, or opting to stay at home, she said.
Morgan noted that countries that have tried the institutional daycare model have seen a collapsing birthrate because of the difficulties of contending with taking children of different ages to daycare, and to school, while working full time.
But despite these failures, progressive theories that reject biological relatedness are still advancing public policy. The trend is towards "families of choice" that she described as "diverse, fluid and unresolved, constantly chosen and re-chosen."
She warned the eradication of marriage "goes hand in hand with campaigns on behalf of children's rights," where the child can effectively choose his or her family. She noted how Canada has replaced biological parenthood with a legal construct with the introduction of same-sex marriage.
State-run childcare facilities are the "preferred model of the totalitarian state," she said, noting that in the former East Germany children were in daycare 10 hours a day. "Children hardly went home."
Morgan said the state has been complicit in family disintegration and the rise of what she called "feral reproduction," or multi-partnered fertility, where children are "deprived of the security" of being raised by their own mother and father. Children need committed parents who will "go to unreasonable lengths for their sake."
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