Caring for children is probably the most important job in any society. Because of this, all mothers and fathers should be required to take a course that prepares them to be good parents. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
It is true that parents shoulder a huge responsibility and that raising children is by no means an easy task. However, I completely disagree with the idea that we should therefore force all mothers and fathers to attend parenting courses.
未来的父母 future parents/prospective parents
育儿课程 parenthood preparation course
忙碌的日程 busy schedules
定期参加的育儿课程 regular parenting classes
强制培训 compulsory training
强制执行……想法 enforce the idea of
好的育儿课程 good parenting
育儿课程 parenting course
适合每个人 Suit everyone
In my opinion, the idea that all future parents should take a parenthood preparation course is completely impractical. Many prospective parents have jobs and busy schedules, and they may not be willing or able to attend regular parenting classes. This raises the question of whether those who missed the classes, or perhaps refused to attend, would be punished. I believe that it would be wrong to do this, and it would therefore be impossible to enforce the idea of compulsory training for parents. Besides, even if parents could be forced to attend, I doubt that people would agree on what good parenting entails, and so it would be difficult to create a parenting course to suit everyone.
育儿课程 training courses
抚养孩子 raise children
正式的帮助 formal help
官方干预 official interference
数千年来for thousands of years
育儿技能 Parenting skills
周围文化 the surrounding culture
从本能中学习…… learn…… by instinct,
摸爬滚打 by trial and error
一个行为不佳的孩子 a badly-behaved child
修正行为 correct the behaviour
逐渐认识…… develop an understanding of
课程干预 the intervention of a taught course
育儿课程 parenting lessons
As well as being impractical, I would argue that training courses for parents are unnecessary. Mothers and fathers have been raising children without any formal help or official interference for thousands of years. Parenting skills are learnt from family members, friends, neighbours and the surrounding culture. Perhaps more importantly, adults learn to be good parents by instinct, by trial and error, and by getting to know their own children; for example, a good parent will try different strategies when faced with a badly-behaved child, and will gradually develop an understanding of what works to correct the behaviour. None of this requires the intervention of a taught course.