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Preventing those that would be bad parents from becoming parents

Take a survey of our thousand most successful people about the parenting they received as children; then compare those experiences with the parenting received from our thousand worst criminals. The successful people will tell stories mostly of decent to great parenting, while the criminals will be telling stories about abandonment, abuse and neglect. Also, all those stories we read about people that were about to overcome the obstacles of poverty to go on to do great thing, they all had some good parenting in their past. Society’s worst problem is bad parenting.

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    Jul 19 2013: What I proposed would only work in places with a reasonably well working rule of law, and that is not the Middle East. But here is what I will say, being a parent is only part of one’s life, and many people are fine not becoming parents at all. But being born is one’s entire life, and being born to parents that neglect, abuse or abandon you can make your life a living hell. For the aforementioned is why if we error it should be on the side of the child. You see the greatest factor to determine the quality of life for future generations will be how many of them are not born; the UN has a low, medium and high projection of peak human population with 8 billion being low projection and 10 being the high projection, and an Earth of eight billion humans will be a much better place than one of nine billion and infinitely better than one of ten billion. We can, and probably already have, forsaken our children’s future by having too many of them.

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