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Should there be a test or course that a person must pass before they can become a parent?

  • Yes and no.

    Checks on criminal records and psychological exams for things such as (Dementia, schizophrenia, etc..) Or anything that can lead to the parent being harmful to the child should be required. But nothing based on personality, intelligence or anything regarding personal behavior, which would be completely biased on unfair to those who are part of the minority in society.

  • Must Pass

    Yes, there should be a test or course that a person must pass before they can become a parent. So many young parents now days are not prepared for the stress that comes with having a child. Their lives change so quickly and they go from having a lot of freedom to having their days and nights spent caring for the demands of a new infant. There are so many stories in the news any more about infants and toddlers being abused, some dying. Prospective and new parents should be required to go through a parenting course where a life-like crying doll goes home with them for a week. The doll’s body would record the date and time for any slapping, hitting, or shaking, which would result in failing and having to repeat the course.

  • There definitely should be.

    Because we are having more and more teen pregnancies, they need to be educated. There's nothing worse than a parent not knowing what to do with their child. It's also reassuring that you are able to have a course to learn. There are so many cases of abuse etc. I'd love to see courses. It may start a new idea about children. No more tiger moms who just treat their children like money makers who need to do well in school, or pets that were just an 'accident'. Family might just become a happier place to be in now.

  • Parents should and shouldn't have test before they have kids.

    Parents should have tests before they have kids, because it will show them how responsible and caring they are. It will also show them how much control they have over their minds. But on the other side, parents should not take a test whether to have kids or not, because they can mature over time. They will learn the responsibility how to take care of a child that is so precious. People who don't care for their child's' at all, are up to no good, and they don't know what they are doing. This is all I have to say.

  • Of course there should be a test

    There are too many idiots in the world because they were raised by idiots. Testing people who want to have children will help ensure that they raise good quality human beings, while the unfit ones die off. The future generations will only get better and better if only the physically and mentally elite humans are allowed to raise children.

  • Yes! Yes! Yes!

    There are some parents who don`t even know the difference between
    healthy and not healthy foods, they have no clue on cleanliness and as for routine....WHATS THAT?
    I have seen it myself on numerous occasions, and yes i have been a single parent on benefits but my child never went without a proper meal, even if that meant i had to go without other things

  • Why isn't this a thing?

    One, less child abuse
    Two, Less abortions
    Three, less stupid children in every generation that passes by.
    Four, more obedient children.
    And why are you saying no? Are you retarted or some shit?
    Well it's an opinion, but it still should be a thing.
    Anyways, I do agree there should be a test.

  • Why isn't this a thing?

    One, less child abuse
    Two, Less abortions
    Three, less stupid children in every generation that passes by.
    Four, more obedient children.
    And why are you saying no? Are you retarted or some shit?
    Well it's an opinion, but it still should be a thing.
    Anyways, I do agree there should be a test.

  • Yes of course!

    We are required to take so many tests to be able to do things such as driving and hunting, even adoption! A child needs to be brought up into a stable home/living environment. I want to hear a good reason as to why we shouldn't have a test allowing people to be parents.

  • Of course there should!

    And to the idiots who are saying NO, these people who jump all the way to the extreme of comparing parental qualification (since A LOT of parents in the US are indeed unqualified!) with Nazism or thinking "what if they have a baby on accident tho!!" Allow the YESers like me to enlighten you.

    There are children in this country (and the world) that are forcibly brought into this world, only to endure abuse, abandonment, repression, neglect, and downright horrific ordeals at the hands of people who did not qualify to be parents in the very beginning and had no right having children. Their are people who have children for their own benefit and couldn't care less about the benefit of the child at all. Narcissists, the mentally, physically, or emotionally unstable people who willy-nilly bring a child into madness, where they aren't able to escape and must live in perpetual hell and hopefully manage to get away one day. Even good parents can go bad. And looks are always deceiving and usually the most squeaky clean households are the most abusive. And you wonder why a lot of teens/children wish they weren't never born and/or commit suicide, hate their lives and their parents, hell, even kill their parents, hate the world, need therapy, etc.? Criminals, serial killers, the depressed, the angry, the mentally unstable, the wreckloose, the sexually promiscuous, the children in adoption centers... You know what they all have in common? Horrible parents who provided horrible upbringings and couldn't provide what the child need to be well off a stable and functioning individual in society. People like these are simply the products of their horrid childhoods, and we as a society are continuing to neglect these babies??? We as a society are ALLOWING this??? Then we all should be ashamed. Forcing people to test whether or not they are allowed to have kids today could be the difference between a killer tomorrow. And that's a fact. And don't give me this "accident" bullshit. In an age where contraceptives, birth control, and abortion exist it's virtually impossible to "accidentally" have a child unless you really wanted that child, so don't bullshit with that excuse, please. Stop excusing harmful people from proper qualification, because when people make excuses to avoid doing the right thing because they are too ignorant/stupid to understand the benefits, you might as well be opening the prison doors for the criminal to escape and create more harm.

  • This won't help.

    Here are the problems with the parent test.

    1.) Will make it harder and more expensive for the good parents who are already struggling to get pregnant and have to spend money on things like invetro.
    2.) There is no way to account for PND, the change people have when they have a child, and where exactly do you cut people off.
    3.) There are already organizations to try and help kids in these scenarios, but their funding keeps getting cut. Don't add another program that will not only take money from these programs but cause even more problems.
    4.) How are you going to facilitate this. Every person who has a child and doesn't pass the test has to give it up? To the system, that already is getting more and more corrupt because we keep cutting the spending? That still isn't a good option. Or are you going to "fix" everyone until they apply. Hello to increase of STDs. Or are you going to force abortions? That won't go over well at all in this country.
    5.) Who is the judge. How do you decide who is fit and who is not. This program will go for a bit and then have its funding cut like everything else and become corrupted.

    A test is a very bad idea.

  • No no no

    You can not tackle the problem of mistreated children by restricting who can and can not have kids. There's a whole cycle out there fueled by war and poverty. Tackle the cycle as a whole.

    Besides, who gets to make this test? Who gets to decide who's fit to procreate? How do we know the t

  • No, it would never work.

    Of course it would be great if there was some basic smarts and a few people skills before someone became a parent. But unless we are in a police state, that will never work. Besides, there is just no way on earth to know what it will feel like until you take your own child home.

  • This is outrageous!!! Cntd.

    After listening to our arguments about parents NOT having to take a test to have children, I hope that you have left the dark side, and have finally come to your senses in knowing that if we let the government decide who can and who can't have a child, we are abiding by the laws of the horrible... NAZI's!!! Stick that in your juice box and suck it!
    -ben & chris

  • This is outrageous!

    All people around the world have never had to take this test, so why now? Is the government trying to take away all our rights? Are they trying to show the people what model of government they believe in? From now on, let's just call them NAZI's.
    What if they DO get pregnant by ACCIDENT, then what? Do they have to "return" the baby? Would they have to "put it down," because by the way this test idea is going, that sounds just about right. Stick that in your juice box and suck it.
    -ben & chris

  • This is outrageous!

    All people around the world have never had to take this test, so why now? Is the government trying to take away all our rights? Are they trying to show the people what model of government they believe in? From now on, let's just call them NAZI's.
    What if they DO get pregnant by ACCIDENT, then what? Do they have to "return" the baby? Would they have to "put it down," because by the way this test idea is going, that sounds just about right. Stick that in your juice box and suck it.

  • This is insane.

    I have heard this question for years, implying that somebody else should decide if you're qualified to do something that is none of their business.

    Who would enforce this entire thing? Let's see... Probably the men and women who do business at gunpoint, who call themselves "government". Are we really going to ask for them to have more control over our lives? Are we aiming for a Nazi-like world, where the men and women who call themselves "government" decide who lives and dies?

    I believe this is one of the "holy grails" of the tyrants... To get public support for deciding who is allowed to reproduce.

  • No, there is no way to have a test fair and complete enough to make such decisions.

    In the US, we can barely agree on what to teach kids in school and how testing should be applied to see if a student should graduate high school. How could we ever hope to have a test that is objective, balanced and complete enough to measure if a person is suitable to be a parent.

  • Did Your Parents Have To Pass A Test?

    Our parents before us didn't have to pass a test, and yet the majority of human beings are good willed and can make sound decisions. Our different circumstances in life, our different points of view on how a child should be parented make us who we are. Having a child is a personal decision that should remain between a mother and their child. Having to pass a class to become a parent is like having to pass a course to be a woman or a man - it's unnatural.

    What needs to be done is follow up. New parents should be given support and followups to make sure that children are safe and taken care of.

    There are options like adoption for unplanned pregnancies in most countries.

    You can not tackle the problem of mistreated children by restricting who can and can not have kids. There's a whole cycle out there fueled by war and poverty. Tackle the cycle as a whole.

    Besides, who gets to make this test? Who gets to decide who's fit to procreate? How do we know the tests won't be misused to get rid of what supremacists think are "accident races".

    Sometimes a child from a not so great background grows up to be a person who has the hindsight to change the world.

    Give humanity a chance.

  • Anyone with so much as a fourth of a brain can see why this would be wrong.

    What about those who become pregnant and fail the test? Will they be forced to have abortions? The idiot over there who wrote an entire wall of text and still didn't manage to make a point appears to have forgotten that we already have programs to help abused or neglected children; they just aren't funded or managed effectively.

    In addition, a test like that could well be turned into a form of eugenics, with criteria that would discriminate against the disabled or other societal minorities.

    Finally, you're an idiot if you think people don't get pregnant by accident anymore just because we have birth control. Condoms can break during sex, birth control pills can fail, and some people just don't have access to the informative and accurate sex education needed to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

    In short, it wouldn't be financially, ethically, or reasonably feasible to force people to take a test before they have children.


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