We have neither the time or the inclination to follow every dim-witted academic down his or her rabbit hole, but this guy needs an award. The Cluebat Acedemic Award.
Do you read to your kids? Drive them to sports or recreational activities? Introduce them to new experiences?
Professor Adam Smith by way of Semi-Partisan Politics:
‘What we realised we needed was a way of thinking about what it was we wanted to allow parents to do for their children, and what it was that we didn’t need to allow parents to do for their children, if allowing those activities would create unfairnesses for other people’s children’.
The test they devised was based on what they term ‘familial relationship goods’; those unique and identifiable things that arise within the family unit and contribute to the flourishing of family members.
For Swift, there’s one particular choice that fails the test.
‘Private schooling cannot be justified by appeal to these familial relationship goods,’ he says. ‘It’s just not the case that in order for a family to realise these intimate, loving, authoritative, affectionate, love-based relationships you need to be able to send your child to an elite private school.’
I suspect that Smith wants all parenting to be inferior, so that all children have an equal opportunity at mediocrity.
Now, the good news is that he is in Australia, which is far enough away from the U.S. to give American’s a sense of safety. The bad news is, his ideas – if they can be called that – might spread here.