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Day Care Deception: What the C [Hardcover]

Brian C Robertson
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Aug. 1 2009
The central issue of daycare is often framed in a way that pits working moms against stay-at-home moms, and feminists against traditional families. But the real conflict, Brian C. Robertson shows in this carefully researched book, is between all parents and the burgeoning day care establishment itself-a multimillion dollar lobby with a vested interest in the expansion of subsidized day care services. Robertson shows how this establishment works to expand its power and silence its critics.

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"Day Care Deception amounts to a crushing indictment of the day-care industry." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of Parenting June 14 2004
We are currently witnessing a grand social experiment, the results of which are not fully in as yet. But the data that is coming in is not good. We are allowing an entire generation of babies and young children to be raised by strangers. While adults might benefit from such arrangements, the well-being of children is being put at risk.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You want the truth? Can you handle the truth? June 2 2004
By Laura
So you thought Head Start and other highly recommended day care programs were right for your children? Think again. I'm not due to have kids for let's say a good ten years and I've already decided that there is no way I'm placing my kids in a day care institution. What you ask made me have a biased mindset about day care like that? It was because of Brian C. Robertson's book Day Care Deception. What the day care establishment isn't telling us is the really detrimental effects day care can have on your children. Anyone could slap some kiddy pictures on the wall, equip themselves with an easel and paints, pick up some alphabet books, and then charge you a hefty sum to leave your kids in their care, but you'd be deceiving yourself if you thought leaving your kids there was the right move. Robertson supports maternal care for kids especially from birth to age three. Within this well researched book, you will also learn the positives of day care along with the negatives. (Although, I feel the positives are there just to assure the guilt ridden parents.) This is a brave and researched book that debates the reasons why parenting is for parents and not for child development experts. It is highly recommended, especially for anyone who is expecting or already has a family and is considering day care as an alternative way to raise their kids. Be prepared for the truth, you'll think twice after you read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uncovered Deceptions! May 12 2004
Informative and critical, this book gives each reader a reminder of his or her own childhood. In different cases, the serious ideas inside the book will make you either appreciate your past or make you despise it.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book guaranteed to trigger postpartum depression March 17 2004
A parent (that usually means "mother") who has a child in a commercial day-care center will probably want to shoot herself after reading this book. Robertson makes a densely argued case against any kind of early-childhood care other than maternal and in-home. "Day Care Deception" will reinforce the choices of the comfortably-off reader (that's me!) who has not had to put her kids in day care. However, some of us at-home mothers worry about the rest of America's kids in addition to our own. There isn't enough quality child care, and it's pointless for Robertson or anyone else to try to hustle American mothers away from paid employment. Most cannot afford that luxury.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I agree...but...
Please SOMEBODY tell me, if my husband makes $30k/yr, how are we supposed to live without my income? Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by bethel
5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH about Day Care... Finally.
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 more
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars hooray for honest research
I am a graduate student researching the negative effects of maternal absence on infant biology and psychology. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars May discomfort some parents
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 more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by Julie Patrick Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars No punches pulled
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
Published on Oct. 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Day Care Deception -Wonderful
Very informtive, Great information- Lots of great points made. Great Aurthor!!
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by "adams8887"
5.0 out of 5 stars Day Care May Be Harmful to Children and
Day Care Deception provides a focused view of a child-rearing practice that has heretofore escaped much-needed scrutiny. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
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