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mahru
Con (against)
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madina.2002
Pro (for)

A license should be required to parent

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/8/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Debating Period
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mahru

Con

As we see news about the many mistreated children in the world, a question starts to arise: should we required to have a license to parent? There are many arguments to support this idea of parental licenses, and the ideally, this solution to the problem would solve many cases of brutality and ignorance. However, do we really want a world that controls our ability to raise a child, like driving a car or motorcycle? Few of the many reasons why people shouldn't be required to have a license to parent, are: The vagueness of "correct parenting", and the unrealistically of enforcement.
madina.2002

Pro

As years pass by, more and more children are being abused, neglected and even left alone. Becoming a parent is having someone"s life under your hands, and therefore people should have to get a license, which shows that a person is capable of taking care of a child. Why do you have to get a license to drive, and not to become a parent? Driving is as dangerous as becoming a parent, and can cost a life of a person. People have to stop getting children, if they are not ready to take care of them. Many people nowadays, get children because of unthoughtful sex, or just to get taxes. Because of a person"s selfish decision, a child does not deserve to suffer.
Debate Round No. 1
mahru

Con

What is the best way of parenting? This is a very difficult question to answer, as there are many different opinions and methods of it, and the idea of "correct parenting" changes with time and culture. For example, what was acceptable for parents 100 years ago, such as less understanding of the child"s feelings, and more physical discipline, is very different from how things are now. Now more emphasis is put on the child"s emotional needs, and even small amounts of violence could be considered abuse. In addition, parenting changes with the culture. In western culture, good parenting is considered to be parenting where the child"s emotional well-being is most important. However, in some other cultures, good parenting is considered to be parenting where the parent is strict and controlling of their child. Therefore, determining the exact definition of good parenting is very difficult, and so it would be also difficult to determine the standards of parenting for a parenting license.
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madina.2002

Pro

People should get license before being allowed to get children. Constantly, there are parents who are not financially or mentally fit to raise a child. Many parents today are abusers, alcoholics, or drug users. Therefore, they severely harm their innocent children without even noticing it (http://www.debate.org... ). First of all, they teach and show their kids that their behavior is correct, because for anyone their parents are most of the time their role models, and their first learning source. However, if a parent does not know how to ethically behave and take care of a child, then that parent shouldn"t be allowed to have one.
Debate Round No. 2
mahru

Con

Another reason why parenting licenses shouldn"t be required, is because it is very unrealistic to enforce the rule. Since children are created using just two humans (unlike cars or guns) it's harder manage and control who has children and who doesn"t, and whether the people who do have children have licenses or not, and so on. "If a pregnant mother refused to take a 'mandatory' parenting class, what would happen? Would she be fined? Arrested? Reported to CPS? On the other hand, if parenting classes became compulsory for high school graduation, then what about drop-outs?" (http://www.sheknows.com...) That would mean that there would be possibilities of parents and children being forced apart, even if there wasn"t any problem between them. Parenting licenses would make things very complicated, and could become a source of even more problems with parenting.
madina.2002

Pro

Parents carry a huge responsibility of a child"s life. Many parents today are abusers and criminals. Almost every ten seconds a child abuse report is made, and particularly in the U.S around four to seven children die because of child abuse and neglect (https://www.childhelp.org... ). Many children are also too afraid to tell anyone about the abuse they get, and therefore get physically hurt by their parents everyday. This doesn"t only physically damage their health, but also mentally. Countless of kids get depression, and start to self harm themselves. In 2015, in U.S it was estimated that 3 million children aging from 12 to 17 had at least one depressive time in the past year (https://www.nimh.nih.gov...). As well as depression, children can get anxiety and can even commit suicide. Children need good parents protection, and in order for that, there has to be laws and license done to getting a child. Society should protect these precious, and innocent kids before they can be damaged (http://www.pbs.org... ).
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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by FanboyMctroll 7 months ago
FanboyMctroll
Your parents didn't get a license to have you so you will be removed from your home and placed in foster care
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