The Value Of Families - Amitai Etzioni

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In the essay “The Value of Families” the author, Amitai Etzioni, asks the reader to consider parenting as an industry. He compares daycare facilities to “less-qualified hands” in a shoemaking business (119). As a product of full-time daycare, I find this comparison not only horrifically wrong, but offensive as well. I completely disagree with his analogy. Not only am I a product of full-time daycare, but I have also worked in a community daycare facility for the past three years. With my experience I have found myself in disagreement with almost all of what Etzioni has said in his essay. The author talks frequently about how child care centers are “understaffed” along with “under qualified” (121). This is simply not true. Nowadays all childcare centers have children-to-teacher ratios enforced by the State Board of Education depending on the age of the children, for example: infants age 6 weeks to 15 months have a ratio of 3 to 1 personnel, and toddlers age 15 months to 2 years have a ratio of 5 to 1 personnel. And with teacher assistants, one requirement is that a full-time teacher must be in the room at all times, guaranteeing your child’s safety in the arms of a trained professional along with the possibility of an educated assistant. As far as “under qualified” goes, the State also requires a certain amount of “training hours,” including workshops, etc., for employees to complete before they can be considered qualified. Teachers also must have a college education at the least, and preferably a degree in education. If a teacher applying to a job does not have either, he or she are simply not hired, or are fired once it comes to the State’s attention. In Etzioni’s first paragraph he talks about mothers joining the workforce and “a much smaller number of child care personnel” moving into the parenting industry (119). By this statement it seems Etzioni is trying

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