A local TV station recently ran a report on their evening news program about the so-called child care crisis in America. It reported that many parents are now struggling to pay for child care expenses and that many of them are finding it had to make ends meet. Excuse me, but I find it very difficult to muster any kind of sympathy for them.
Today, all public school systems offer free kindergarten. Some even offer free pre-school for four-year-olds. When I was growing up, there was no free public kindergarten, much less free pre-school. I didn’t get my first taste of public school until I was six-and-half years old, when I started first grade.
My mind was a blank slate. I could not read, and knew nothing about numbers or letters. I didn’t know the difference between the letter ‘a’ and the number ‘1’. I was the only one in my first grade class who could not find my name printed on the sign attached to my desk. However, none of this was a barrier to me. I soon began to regularly make the honor roll and eventually finished in the top 10% of my graduation class.
So, this was because of my superior IQ, right? Wrong, my IQ is not much above average. I attribute it to my determination to please my parents and my fear of not doing so. It just goes to show you that, in a two-parent home where one of the parents stays home with the children, external childcare, and not even pre-school or kindergarten, are not necessary. Because of all the single-parent and broken homes, it has become a manufactured need.
But the bottom line is that no one is forced to have children anymore. Except for cases of rape, sexual activity is completely voluntary. And for those who choose to be sexually active, birth control is plentiful. Therefore, those who choose to have children anyway should stop their whining about the lack of affordable child care available to them. They made their own bed.