This is but one example of how media bias works -- in this case, it's the newspapers (98% of which are left-leaning) that don't want this information out there. Is it possible they just didn't have the space to print my article or there was some other reason they didn't print it? It's possible -- but unlikely. I have a lot of experience with this -- and I can assure you the real reason is that they'd rather have the Parade magazine article, which touts a demand for universal child care, stand on its own without a rebuttal. This is the reason blogs are so vital in this country and why Internet news will someday destroy American newspapers and television.
By Suzanne Venker
When it comes to child care in
For women like Bennetts, Europe’s model is the panacea for
It isn’t just about money, either. When it comes to day care centers, parents of young children overwhelming concur that this environment is the least preferred option for child care -- and 62% of those who do use professional day care centers are satisfied with their current arrangements. None of this information suggests a clamoring for “more and better quality child care.”
The second stumbling block to child care advocates’ push for universal child care is the paradox of their own argument: You can’t insist upon “high-quality” care – which simply translates to paying child care workers higher wages -- and simultaneously make child care more affordable for parents. Making child care affordable for everyone who wants it creates more demand for staff; and the higher the demand, the less child care providers will be paid. Supply and demand requires an economic equilibrium of price and quantity. Thus, an increase in the number of workers tends to result in lower wages. Clearly, the only way to make child care more affordable in this country is to keep the demand at a minimum. Rather than opening it up to every parent in
Finally, there’s the personal toll. Not only does greater demand for child care result in lower quality, it results in fewer children getting their needs met. There isn’t a parent in the world who doesn’t know that very young children require vast amounts of time and attention. No child can receive this time and attention at a day care center -- if for no other reason than sheer numbers. Because of this, most parents in
Early brain development may be important, but it certainly isn’t at risk when young children stay home with their parents. What is at risk when parents and children are apart is a child's emotional development. “The infant’s emotional security is what’s important, and for the infant, a mother is the environment – pre-natally and post-natally. As a society, we are uncomfortable accepting this – but it is a biological fact,” writes Diane Fisher, Ph.D. in a 1997 congressional testimony. “Intellectual skills are more resilient and can be compensated for. An infant can recover from a deprived intellectual environment much easier than she can recover from emotional abandonment or neglect.” An inconvenient truth, to be sure -- but a truth nonetheless.
Universal child care can never be a success. It isn’t feasible. It isn’t practical. It isn’t even ethical. "The absence of quality care is one of the main drivers for people leaving the workforce,” says Diane Klein, president of corporate voices for Working Families.
Maybe so. But I feel confident this is a reality most Americans can live with.