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ERIC Number: ED478658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 230
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-893554-67-8
Day Care Deception: What the Child Care Establishment Isn't Telling Us.
Robertson, Brian C.
Over the last generation, parents have felt more and more intimidated by child care "experts" and have increasingly surrendered their role as the primary educators of their children. On the premise that theories of development, often colored by ideological positions on the family and its function in society, should take a back seat to the instinctive understanding parents have of what rearing children requires, this book examines the impact of America's culture of work on the family and children. The book notes that the real conflict of day care is not between liberals and conservatives or between working mothers and stay-at-home mothers, but between all parents and the burgeoning day care establishment; the book details how this establishment works to expand its power and silence its critics. Chapters in the book examine: (1) the impact of "absentee" parenting, and the role of media and feminism in the shift toward a culture of day care; (2) the battle among researchers into the detrimental effects of day care; (3) the apparent success of day care advocates in keeping the decades long accumulation of research from the public; (4) why government and corporate policies favor commercial child care--the option most parents wish to avoid; (5) the myth that low- and middle-income parents require center-based care while the wealthy can afford to stay home with their children; (6) how center-based care affects children's personality and social character by disrupting natural family bonds, noting that the debate over day care will not address the fundamental needs of families as long as it revolves around the so-called "needs of the economy"; and (7) how parents can take back parenting, examining necessary shifts in public policy and the government's role. (Contains extensive reference notes organized by chapter.) (HTH)
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers
Language: English
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