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Friday, December 5, 2008

A license to have kids

Why not? Let's start with a few facts:

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6272&page=23

It has been proven through statistics that educated people have smaller families, that intelligent women have fewer children and have them later in life, and earth only has so many resources.



With these ideas I soon came to the conclusion that less intelligent women were giving birth more frequently than educated women. This means that an uneducated women may become pregnant in her teens and become a grandma in her 30's (children tend to follow parental examples). An educated woman may become pregnant in her 20's and become a grandma in her 40's. This means that uneducated people are reproducing at a faster rate than educated people.

Although, I would like to state that the availability of the internet seems to be raising the average IQ...YAY for the internet. I don't think it makes up for apathetic underage teens becoming pregnant though.

So what do I gather? The uneducated people are taking over! They are reproducing themselves at a faster rate than educated people. This I find highly disturbing since eventually the educated people will call all the shots and situations like ENRON can happen again. It would be nice if the entire population was able to at least research and come to their own intelligent decisions. This way manipulation of the less fortunate is less likely to happen.

There are also some issues with longer life that I want to talk about. We are approaching medical breakthroughs that lengthen the average life span drastically. If you life longer...then you have a longer chance to reproduce. The planet is already over populated and I think its safe to say that given longer life spans and no regulation about child birth, that the planet would run out of resources quickly.



How do we fix this? We require a license to produce children that would include requirements like these to be met:

1. There must be proof that at least one parent has the minimum of a bachelors degree.

2. Proof that both parents have budgeted and planned to have a child and take care of it.

3. Require both possible parents to pass a child raising class similar to driver's education to teach the basics.

4. Both parents should be required to pass first aid and CPR.

5. Neither of the parents can be on welfare.

6. Parents are required to keep up their education with at least on extra class every two years.

7. Both parents must be free of sexually transmitted diseases.

8. Birth control would be dispensed free of charge to any one of any age. Especially to the teens...cause they are the ones having spurious births in the first place.







Of course this raises some issues:

1. Gay rights enemies will be upset because there may be two parents of the same sex. But that is really not the concern as long as the child does not suffer psychological trauma from the parent's relationship.

2. People believe that their body is there own, and that they can have kids if they want to without government approval. I have a problem with this because your life affects the world and this train of thought neglects "social responsibility". That is, we have the responsibility to keep the planet going. We have the responsibility to make sure that under educated people are not consuming all resources with out being mentally capable to give back. Besides, no one should give you the right to have as many babies as you want if they aren't going to be taken care of anyways!


3. Many rights activists who are radical will revolt to this notion because they will legally be no longer under the control of their own body. Let me ask you this...Can you take a shit on the public sidewalk? Nope! i bet you get thrown in jail or cited. But because people will be mad, there will be a baby boom. This will cause many children to be born outside of the guidelines as a result. However, the requirements can be an effective hindrance to help lower the over all population.

4. Accidents happen. People misuse condoms and forget to take birth control pills. But as before, the requirements are a hindrance.

5. Enforcement, what is to be done with those who break the regulations? Mass murder of innocent people born in an ignorant household is unacceptable. Jail time for the parents and adoption for the children is feasible. Although...requiring the parents to comply with the regulations in a set amount if time is best.

6. Low income people will claim the inability to obtain an education due to lack of finances. To them, I say, community college...If you can't afford it then why are you having kids in the first place?

7. Educational debt may sky rocket in the country and tuition may increase. But the outcome will be a more educated work force and specialized labor and people able to obtain higher paying jobs. This is because people take extra classes that interest them, or benefit them the most. If the entire populations IQ increases, then there are literally more people who are capable of creating higher paying jobs for others.



Think about it…
Anybody who wants a healthy child is most likely already doing these things. It might seem a bit Hitlerish now, but wait till we have longer life spans and a bunch of bumbling idiots, who don't give back to society, that the planet has to feed.

4 comments:

ArtSparker said...

Oh boy...let me just say that I'm someone with a high IQ. This post, I'd say, makes it clear that one special interest group (in this case, smart people) should not be telling everyone what to do. And there is a basic flaw in your reasoning - intelligence is not the same thing as education. You are correct, the longer the education process lasts, the less people have children, and educating women in particular is key. But what you propose is equivalent to Eugenics (see under National Socialism). For another take on education, see

http://mikerosebooks.blogspot.com/

Mike is a professor of education at U.C.L.A. who believes that respect for different kinds of intelligence is key in making a society where everyone can contribute.

Pam and Stan said...

You make a good point that accepting differences in education is a key to everyone contributing socially.

Although being a person who has had a fairly troubling childhood as a result of bad parenting, I do not wish this on any children if it can be prevented with litigation.

I still think there should be specific requirements for reproduction, one of which should be some form of education geared toward dealing with and supporting those kids.

I never purported to say that intelligence is the same as reasoning. They are quite different, but also sort of dependent on one another. Intelligence is increased through learning, and so is reasoning as we acquire more skills and background to reason with.

And in the future, deciding our own evolution, or eugenics, will be happening whether we want it to or not simply because of advances in technology and the ability to manipulate genes. I dont think this is bad, but this is beside the point of the post. The point of the post was to highlight that many children are messed up in adulthood by people who are simply having kids too soon. Not to mention, those irresponsible people are then setting further bad examples to their own children. This is the fundamental problem. My proposal to a solution lies in education because there is a known trend toward a decrease in underage pregnancy given higher education. This means that more families will be able to afford to take care of their kids cause they have acquired some skill set or at least some knowledge about how detrimental an unstable family can be.

ArtSparker said...

There is certainly compassion in your wanting to spare others a kind of pain which you experienced.

I myself didn't equate intelligence with reasoning, I said intelligence wasn't the same thing as education. I don't believe that eugenics in the future as a given, we're going to have to agree to disagree on that.

Absolutely, I agree that improving both the quality and availability of education would make the world a better place. After the conflict in Afghanistan some years back, Joe Biden had a bill before the senate to fund 1000 schools there at a cost of $20,000 each. Now THAT would have saved a bit of grief down the road. It went nowhere because the other senate members had no interest in it.

Oh, and education beats the hell out of advising chastity.

I'll just give one example from my own experience - a while back I was volunteering in an art center for people who are disabled in a number of ways, many autistic, or with down syndrome. It occurred to me that if some of these people were placed at the center of an office environment for a day every week, that that environment would improve. Learning-disabled people can demand a much more present kind of attention, they can't be socially processed in conversation the way more sophisticated people can. Slowing down,reflection - these aren't bad qualities to cultivate.

Anonymous said...

1. There must be proof that at least one parent has the minimum of a bachelors degree.

I had a bachelors at age 16.

2. Proof that both parents have budgeted and planned to have a child and take care of it.

Nope I didn't do that; had my first son at age 16, but wait; I was "more educated" then you at 16! 3. Require both possible parents to pass a child raising class similar to driver's education to teach the basics.

"pass a child raising class" HaHaHa!4. Both parents should be required to pass first aid and CPR.

My youngest child is 11yrs old never needed CPR with any of my six kids. Some people might need it though. My mother had eight kids and never needed those classes; but wait - my mom had my brother at 16 and is a lawyer. hmm...5. Neither of the parents can be on welfare.

Hmmm .... I never was & would never judge anyone who is. 6. Parents are required to keep up their education with at least on extra class every two years.

Lets see I got 2 masters degrees by the time I was 21 -now hold a doctorate. How much more schooling do you think I need to hold your license to have my six kids?
7. Both parents must be free of sexually transmitted diseases.

I passed that one. 8. Birth control would be dispensed free of charge to any one of any age. Especially to the teens...cause they are the ones having spurious births in the first place.

birth control in my teens -What education gives you the right to make that judgment over me? BTW - All six of my kids entered college before they where 17 years old and hold master degrees today. When did you get your masters? I wouldn't trade my "spurious births" for the world! With the way you judge and want to control people I'd be surprised to learn your not a lonely childless want-to-be politician!