Day Care Deception: What the C Hardcover – Aug 1 2009
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"Day Care Deception amounts to a crushing indictment of the day-care industry." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Brian C Robertson is a Kohler Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, and has written extensively on family policy issues. His articles have appeared in National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times.
Top Customer Reviews
That is the sobering conclusion of a new volume by a research fellow at the Washington-based Family Research Council. With extensive documentation Robertson demonstrates how extended periods of day care are harming our children.
Robertson shows how feminist ideology, coupled with a sympathetic media and a cowardly academy, have managed to convince many that parenting is too important to be left to mere parents, that bureaucrats know better than mom and dad, and that day care centers are in fact good for children.
All three of these emphases are incorrect. But the growth of the day care industry is hard to counter. In the US, federal subsidies to the child care market rocketed from $2 billion in 1965 to $15 billion in 2000. And as more and more mothers enter the paid work force (most because of economic necessity, not personal preference) the day care juggernaut races onwards.
These social trends have resulted in a devaluing of motherhood, a weakening of the family unit, and most importantly, negative outcomes for our children. The harmful effects of extended periods of day care include higher rates of illness, greater chance of sexual abuse, higher rates of aggression, and greater risk of antisocial personality disorders.
The emotional, psychological and physical harm to children who spend lengthy amounts of time in day care has been well documented for some decades now. Yet the social science evidence is often attacked, covered up or ignored.Read more ›
My initial interpretation of the book was split into two contradicting ideas. One being this book gives phenomenal insight to the day care's "don't go there" ideas and its fundamental influence on children at a young age but also a feeling of ultimate disbelief. Robertson points fingers every way, which may be relative, but creates bias while doing so. He sums it up as parents, the government and anybody who supports day care establishments (radical feminists, he says) are uninformed and should have seen the leering evidence long ago.
Although there could be alternatives to Robertson's approach of pointing fingers, his comment at the bottom of the book cover "What the child care establishment isn't telling us" is a definite theme throughout this book and is displayed thoroughly.
This book creates some bias but is written with precise facts that are very informative and gives solutions to this child-rearing problem.
Corporate America hasn't done much in a concrete way to accommodate parenthood, and the author doesn't think much of what options parents do have. He appears positively scandalized to reveal that day-care centers are, gasp, a business, and one that has to turn a profit in order to stay viable just as any other business does. Can a day-care center provide loving care to children and make money at the same time? You'd never know it from reading this book.
"In the face of the strange but powerful alliance of feminism and the Business Roundtable, who can be relied upon to defend the interests of children and families?" orates Robertson, near the end of this slim volume. The answer is, parents are on their own. He remains opposed to the "day care establishment that would foist the destructive regime of universal day care on every family, all in the name of concern over children's well-being and development."
I would welcome the existence of a regime Robertson calls "destructive," as long as it's "universal.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Please SOMEBODY tell me, if my husband makes $30k/yr, how are we supposed to live without my income? Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by bethel
Day Care Deception is an excellent, well-researched, and hard hitting book that reveals the truth of the dangers of non-parental care and the importance of Parent-child... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Kelly
I am a graduate student researching the negative effects of maternal absence on infant biology and psychology. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003
This is an important book; I hope it gets the attention it deserves. Children are better off being raised by a parent, rather than an institution. I know, I know ... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Julie Patrick Clark
Enjoyed the book. Read it after listening to the interview
on First Voice.
The interview is online at
There's a transcript for those using dial up. Read more
Very informtive, Great information- Lots of great points made. Great Aurthor!!Published on Aug. 24 2003