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All new parents should attend a parenting class before having a child.

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Started: 1/31/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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AvCh

Pro

I believe life as a new parent is tough, especially in the case of a teen parent. Parents who are new to the parenting regime may not have someone to turn to or anywhere to get help, in these and all cases parenting classes should be required. If parents do not want to abide by this rule they should need to prove they have done some sort of previous counselling or had some sort of "experience" to prove they are "worthy" of becoming a parent. Currently, parents are not required to attend these classes but this only leads to more and more situations of abuse, injury and death on the child's behalf. To end these things I believe we should from the beginning, from where it all started, which in the case of new borns is with their parents. We need to require parents to take classes and become certified.
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unicorndebater191

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I accept this debate as the opposition side to the resolution: All new parents should attend a parenting class before having a child.
We can both agree that life as a new parent is tough, however, forcing future mothers and fathers into taking parenting classes is absolutely ridiculous because it takes away people's right make their own decisions. Also, it is impossible for new parents to prove they have had some previous counseling or experience if they have not have a child before. Most new parents have supportive families that will help them through the process and taking parenting classes would be a waste of time and effort. It is true that many teen parents do not have friends or family to turn to, but they can reach out and receive help on their own without government interference. In today's day and age, with tools such as public libraries and the Internet, it is unnecessary for parents to waste time on classes. It is simply not true that the absence of these classes has led to more situations of abuse. If a parent is abusing their child, nothing in a parenting class would have stopped them from committing these crimes because parenting classes simply teach parents the basics of being a parent, not how to raise a child.
Also, the idea of providing parenting classes for all to-be parents is unrealistic. Though opening these classes would create jobs, most people are not experienced enough to teach a parenting class and the government would be unable to give a decent salary to all teachers. If these classes cost money, the problem with paying these instructors would be solved, but forcing people to pay for classes they may not need to take violates people's freedoms and would drive families already at the poverty line into even more extreme poverty.
Debate Round No. 1
AvCh

Pro

People will still be able to make decisions on their own in this class, it is not stopping them from really showing their true thoughts. In fact it is not impossible to prove they have had some sort of healthcare training in the past when classes for first-aid and CPR and available . Many new parents will have family members who will support them, I agree on that part but not all of those family members will be with them in the delivery room when the baby is actually born. All these classes lead up to the birth of the baby, outstanding family members really don't play a huge role in the actual birth. Many teen parents especially first-timers are scared about becoming parents, they don't know what the road ahead if them will actually bring, having these classes will not only teach them about becoming a parent but it will also teach them about how to become more responsible and money-safe as well. I defiantly need to argue about these classes being a "waste" in your words, if these classes according to the Con are a waste then helping to bring a healthy, beautiful life into this world is a "waste" too; these are in the words of the Con. Parenting classes would have helped the adults become more responsible and trustworthy and YES that would help lead to less cases of abuse and parental crimes.
The last points you make are ridiculous as many teachers and health-care professionals could be very well trained and this is a great job opportunity for others not taking part in the class. I don't believe you work for the government so I don't think you can really say this is taking away from other jobs, everyone will be getting paid the same. People who cannot afford these classes will obviously get some sort of substantial help from the government, remember, these things are possible.
unicorndebater191

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
AvCh

Pro

Why did you forfeit? Are you scared?
unicorndebater191

Con

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