The Newest Charge for Equality: Stop Reading to Your Children

Apparently if you read to your children, you are an awful person because you are putting other children at an unfair disadvantage. Therefore, you must stop reading to your kids to level the playing field.

Well, I’m sorry, but I thought that we wanted to make our world better. Does taking away a service that we can provide to our children take away the disadvantages that other children face? Instead of being bad parents, so we can level the playing field, shouldn’t we find programs to help those who don’t have the support at home?

According to the Daily Telegraph, British academic Adam Swift told ABC presenter Joe Gelonesi, “Evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t — the difference in their life chances — is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t.”

Dear people who are telling me that being a good parent gives children and unfair advantage: please stop. While I love the enthusiasm that you put into making everyone equal, it’s just not going to happen.

We are all unique individuals who grow up in different situations. Everyone has different upbringings and therefore, have different experiences. Even if you have a socialist style society, which is a stupid idea, we would still not have the same experiences.

We all have advantages and disadvantages of our upbringings, some more prominent than others. There are people who have a college education who are unemployed, while there are some people who did not have the money to attend a university who have a full time job.

Our different experiences are what make each of us who we are. With that said, I don’t think we should ignore those who are struggling. We should reach out and help them.

America has emphasized the importance of receiving a college education, and the support at home can most definitely affect doing such. Therefore, instead of telling parents to stop snuggling up and reading a book with their children, we should encourage those who don’t to do so.

Leveling the playing field should not be about making someone worse off just because there are other people who grow up in worse situations. Should we stop feeding children healthy food because there are children out there who don’t have access to it?

Leveling the playing field should be about raising the bar for those who are under it. It should be about helping those who can’t reach the bar through things like community outreach, non-profits, and just lending a helping hand. Let’s join together to raise the bar for everyone, not lower it.