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All parents should be required to attend parenting classes before having a child.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/8/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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killianam

Pro

People should be required to attend parenting classes before having a child because it will provide a realistic view of all the challenges involved with parenting. Many people don't realize all the challenges that come with parenting. Guest speakers, like current parents could provide valuable insights for couples who want to have children. The parents could describe a day in the life of a parent and go through scenarios to make people think about what they do to handle difficult situations.
Voiceless

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I accept the Con side of the debate "All parents should be required to attend parenting classes before having a child."

I believe that it would be beneficial for expecting parents to take a class, but a requirement is extreme. What if there was difficulty in the circumstances-- such as "accident babies", parents who do not have the time nor money available to take classes, and parents who just don't feel like going (would they be refused delivery service at the hospital or arrested or have to pay a fine)?

Round 1 - Acceptance and Introduction
Round 2 - Argument 1
Round 3 - Argument 2
Round 4 - Argument 3
Round 5 - Conclusion

Good Luck.
Debate Round No. 1
killianam

Pro

A person who has an "Accident baby" is a perfect example of a person who NEEDS the parenting class. At least a person who has pre-planned a pregnancy has considered life with a child- as opposed to a "surprise" baby. People will be offered multiple opportunities to complete the parenting course during the gestation of the pregnancy. This can be offered online, at a clinic setting, or through outreach in home visits. Consequences for not completing the parenting class will not result in refusal of delivery and medical services, getting arrested, or paying a fine. That would be irrational. There is no way to opt out of the program. Eventually, when the mother goes into the hospital to deliver her baby a shortened more condensed version/overview of the class will be conducted. The class is meant to enlighten and encourage healthy and positive behaviors for people who have children.
Voiceless

Con

A few things..

Who will force an expecting parent to go to a class especially if they're having a child they did not even plan for?
What if they were planning on adoption? Would they need the class then?

"This can be offered online"
What if there is no internet available?
"at a clinic setting,"
What if there is no way of transportation?
"or through outreach in home visits."
How much is that going to cost?

If the consequences don't include refusal of delivery and medical services, getting arrested, or paying a fine, then what would happen if someone decided not go to a parenting class?

How is there "no way to opt out of the program" when there is no way to make sure that every is put into the program? What about expecting parents that don't rely on any sort of professional help for their entire pregnancy? Are we going to go to developing countries and require parent classes?

"Eventually, when the mother goes into the hospital to deliver her baby a shortened more condensed version/overview of the class will be conducted."
The first thing a mother going into labor is going to want to hear is a lecture on how to best raise her child. No, she's going to be screaming in pain. If they offer this "shortened more condensed version/overview of the class" then why wouldn't everyone wait till then? I'm sure that parents are not going to pay attention to this stuff while a woman is about to give birth. Also, who would pay for this overview? The parents? Why would someone want to go to a hospital and pay for a class they didn't even care for?

HealthDay said "The percentage of U.S. women choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center rather than a hospital has grown by 56 percent in less than a decade, according to a new government report." (1) This means that there wouldn't be a way someone could force parent to learn.

While a parenting class might help a parent on the road to raising a child, there are also very individual ways to raising a child. Parents often have a natural instinct to raising their child.

Requiring parent classes is as irrational as requiring cooking classes for cooking at home.

Parenting classes should be strongly encouraged, but not required. Parents will raise their kids however they want to raise their kids.

(1) http://consumer.healthday.com...
Debate Round No. 2
killianam

Pro

killianam forfeited this round.
Voiceless

Con

I forfeit this round due to the lack of response from my opponent.
Debate Round No. 3
killianam

Pro

killianam forfeited this round.
Voiceless

Con

I will forfeit this round because of the absence of my opponent.
Debate Round No. 4
killianam

Pro

killianam forfeited this round.
Voiceless

Con

Due to my opponent's failure to continue in this debate, I will end with a small conclusion.

All parents should not be required to attend parenting classes before having a child because there are many circumstances that would complicate the requirement and there is no way to regulate it at all.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by gomergcc 1 year ago
gomergcc
Tagging to be able to follow
Posted by Palacios1234 1 year ago
Palacios1234
This topic is common knowledge. A parent should base their parenting on how they were raised and not by some class you can go take.
Posted by cheyennebodie 1 year ago
cheyennebodie
All it takes to raise responsible children are for the parents to love, honor and respect each other. All that dopey" parenting" nonsense by the liberal meddlers causes ridlin to go up.
Posted by Envisage 2 years ago
Envisage
Interesting topic. Tempted to do this one myself...
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