Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Outsourcing Parenthood: When a parent knowingly gives the raising of their children over to another.

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."


When I first wrote about Outsourcing Parenthood, I thought that it would just be a passing thought. But daily I seem to be encountering more and more areas where the schools are taking over responsibilities previously held by the parent.

The latest came yesterday when I was talking to a prospective flute teacher for my daughter. As we were discussing schedules she informed me that Thursday at 10 AM she goes to the local high school to teach students privately. She said that this was a new program that the schools are doing because the parents didn't want to have to take their children to private lessons after being in school all day and the parents' hectic work schedule.

The parent makes the initial contact with the private instructor and then works it out with the public school music teacher for a scheduled time. The student then leaves the normal class instruction one period a week for half an hour to be taught by the private teacher. (Interestingly, most of these teachers are non-certified and non-union.)

Obviously, this is more efficient for the parent it. Taking children to private lessons can be time consuming. I have 6 children. Five of them take some sort of private lessons. They are also involved in a community orchestra and a homeschool band. All this requires a commitment of time and energy to get them where they need to be. If our family chooses to have our children involved in music then this goes with the responsibility of parenting.

Yet, the school is willing to take on this responsibility. Why? Because the parents can't be burdened with parenting so the schools are there to take over. And the parents are thankful, it's one less thing for them to worry about.


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