This story gives new meaning to the term “nanny state.” A State Senator in New York thinks all parents should be required to take parenting classes before their kids can move on to 7th grade.
Not that it’s ever stopped a Democratic bill, but people are already calling the proposal “insane.”
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.
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.”
Indeed. Also: if a kid has made it to seventh grade without any major problems, his parents must be doing something right. Why do they need a government-mandated refresher course? I suspect this has more to do with creating jobs for government employees than with children’s needs.