Monday, March 14, 2011

Privilege and children

So I am reaching the end of the quarter and can't get one nagging n out of my mind. I can consciously make every effort to reject my privilege when it comes to decisions about my own life (with somewhat varying degrees of success); how do I reject the privilege that allows my children opportunities to excel to their maximum potential? Is it fair to them to make decisions that don't take full advantage of our privilege? I want to say it's NOT fair to them to systematically oppress others so that they may have opportunities unavailable to many other children but the daddy instinct fights back hard. Thoughts?

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Amanda said...

Chris, this is one hugely important (and way-underdiscussed) reason social inequality continues: parenting is inherently conservative in terms of "competitively" wanting the best for one's kids. And what decent parent wouldn't? So I applaud you for bring up this very thorny issue. There is no way I could leave a long enough response to address the issue as I see it in full, so let me just say: DON'T FEEL GUILTY. Yes, I am flaming. (In so many ways.) But there is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your kids. What to do next - that is a much longer and much more complicated conversation...

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