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Should Parenting Require Education, Licensing Like Driving?

The news is filled with stories of parenting gone awry — this is just the most recent story that grabbed my attention. A school in Oregon has just had to send a letter home to parents asking them not to allow their children to drink energy drinks (Red Bull, Rock Star and the like) at school!

The teachers say they've seen kids drink as many as five cans of the potent elixer per day resulting in, as you can imagine, unruly behavior, caffeine crashes, and addled attention-spans.

If we're to the point where a school has to dictate to parents how to provide proper food and drink to their children, should we be offering and requiring education before people become parents? Before someone is charged with caring for a life — which is arguable akin in responsibility to driving a car — should we require similar levels of education and testing? Would a government-issued license to dad (or mom) help give kids a better start?


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