Michael Pascoe writes:

“Tens of thousands of children – including my own – look back on the child-care years as their halcyon days.” – Adele Horin in Saturday’s SMH. Perhaps we should start a local equivalent of Private Eye‘s Pseuds Corner.

There
would have to be something particularly sad about anyone who viewed
their child-care years as their best. Sure, parents might regard little
Mary’s performance in the pre-school Christmas sing-along
their crowning achievement, but it’s very hard to believe the children
themselves have such nostalgia for the afternoon nap.

For a
start, what do they remember? A quick and unrepresentative poll around
the household found that 100% of teenagers remember so little
of their pre-school experience that it doesn’t matter. Their first year
of school, maybe, but pre-school?

Meanwhile, to
go the
step further and make it “the child-care years” is to take the
child-care debate to a new low.

Horin’s piece appeared in the same edition of the SMH as Steven Biddulph’s
piece on why day-care is bad for babies which adds science to Leunig’s provocative child-care cartoon. Horin’s piece turned on the argument that it’s better for a toddler or baby to be in
child care than to be abused and generally neglected in what are
euphemistically called “dysfunctional” families. But those children
don’t get child care.

For the rest, there’s an army of campaigners who won’t want to believe or read Biddulph’s research.

Peter Fray

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