06 May 2015

Being a Reponsible Parent is Irresponsible

"Leave education to us experts."
My, my, my - can the world become any more nuttier? With every passing day, the answer invariably is YES. Everything seems to be upside down. Here's the latest example. We're hearing more and more these days about "privilege." The ideology is even creeping into some Civil War blogs. I'm actually surprised it took this long. It is all the rage these days, don't you know? But this latest example really takes the cake. The Daily Telegraph ran a piece about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) recent report asking (are you ready for this?) whether parents should:
. . . read to their children before bedtime, claiming it could give your kids an “unfair advantage” over less fortunate children.
Make no mistake about it: This is the result of academia's illogical obsession with egalitarianism (for everyone but them, of course) and, institutionally, their disdain for tradition and anyone educating children besides themselves. Certainly even a lot of academics would roll their eyes at such an assertion but, like so many other kooky ideas in recent decades, this one will at some point probably gain some legitimacy among more and more academic elites. The ABC linked piece notes:
The power of the family to tilt equality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and academics and public commentators have been blowing the whistle for some time. Now, philosophers Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse have felt compelled to conduct a cool reassessment.
But don't despair. One of the educated "philosophers" noted in the ABC piece that there is a solution to this. But it's probably not the one you're thinking about:
One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.
You can't make this stuff up, can you? Morons.

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