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    MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry ? All Your Kids Belong To Us - YouTube

    Do you believe that your children are your personal responsibility, the communities?
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    I am going to be a fence sitter here. I think both. Ultimately they are mine, and until they are at least 18 (or a lot longer IMO) every decision they make is a reflection of me. The community needs to foster a positive place for kids to be.
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    I know what she's saying, and it's being twisted and taken out of context. She's trying to say that when we view children as the future of society, we will invest in their education and their future. She's not saying parents shouldn't be responsible for their own children, she's saying we need to think bigger than ME and MINE and think about all the kids who need an education, for the future of us all.

    And I agree with that.
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    I believe my children are mine and DH's responsibility. I think the community is there to help, but should not try to raise other people's children.

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    I'm a firm believer in the adage "It takes a village to raise a child". I agree that children are their parents' legal responsibility, but I totally agree with what she's saying about making better investments in OUR futures when we as a community take responsibility for the education of our kids. Totally agree.
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    I think this is a big fundamental difference when it comes to some of the opinions on this board. I believe (with the exception of abuse and neglect) that a parent is the ultimate authority when it comes to their children. They should make all decisions in regards to where to send their child to school, whether or not to vaccinate, how to discipline (again, with the exception of abuse that has been investigated by CPS), and other parenting choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I think this is a big fundamental difference when it comes to some of the opinions on this board. I believe (with the exception of abuse and neglect) that a parent is the ultimate authority when it comes to their children. They should make all decisions in regards to where to send their child to school, whether or not to vaccinate, how to discipline (again, with the exception of abuse that has been investigated by CPS), and other parenting choices.
    Bonita, I don't think anyone will dispute the parents' right to do all those things you mention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Bonita, I don't think anyone will dispute the parents' right to do all those things you mention.
    Through my time on this board, I have found people that feel there should be laws regulating many parenting decisions. (Vaccines should be mandatory, circumcision should not be allowed, spanking should be illegal, homeschooling should be illegal and so on)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Through my time on this board, I have found people that feel there should be laws regulating many parenting decisions. (Vaccines should be mandatory, circumcision should not be allowed, spanking should be illegal, homeschooling should be illegal and so on)
    So what does the video have to do with any of those topics? Do you want to debate, in general, who has the right/responsibility to legislate those things, i.e. vaccinations, spanking, etc. or how 'intrusive' the govt has become in a parent's right to educate/vax/homeschool?

    I did not realize you did not want to specifically debate the OP.

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    I think what's happening across the web is that her comment is being interpreted to be about every decision parents make. She's talking about public schools and how we should all care about all of them, and not just be focused on OUR children and nobody else's. Bonita -- she doesn't mention any of the things you talk about, nor did anyone else on this thread.
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