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Saturday, April 01, 2006

"Punitive measures" for stay-at-home mothers?

This is why...

A. I don't want to live in a socialist country.
B. Financial self-reliance = freedom and cradle-to-grave government dependency = bondage.
C. People and nations who focus on money over family will eventually lose their souls.

A Dutch politician suggested a "punitive measure" in order "to stimulate more women to join the workforce." Sharon Dijksma of the Dutch Labour Party wants to fine college-educated stay-at-home mothers. "A highly-educated woman who chooses to stay at home and not to work - that is destruction of capital," Dijksma said. "If you receive the benefit of an expensive education at the cost of society, you should not be allowed to throw away that knowledge unpunished."

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Blogger Becky Miller said...

If educating and training their own children is a waste of time for women, then why is child-training a worthwhile profession for the female teachers and daycare workers?

8:55 AM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger zan said...

Dutch have some serious issues to work out. That isn't the first time I have heard something that cold coming from a Dutch person.

5:30 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Lydia said...

Hey, Zan! You're back. I was wondering when you would show up again. How is the new baby? Come visit my blog when you get the chance to see a new blog design and several posts I have done on marriage. Glad to see you back in the blogosphere. I was just thinking of you today.

Erin, I hope you don't mind my posting to Zan. I just thought I would post here since she doesn't have her own blog as of yet. BTW, the idea of punishing college educated SAHM's greatly disturbed me. What are people thnking? No wonder the birth rate for the Dutch is one of the lowest in Europe. Whatever happened to women's rights (insert sarcastic sneer)?

10:43 PM, April 03, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

Becky- I've wondered that very thing! I'll have to write about my experiences as a day-care teacher sometime. problem! I'm glad you're back, too, Zan! How's the little one?

12:50 PM, April 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some clarification here, ladies. I happen to live in Holland so I know more about this issue than anyone of you. In our country students get grants from the government, which later they have to pay back, but only a part of it. A lot of women choose to study for a doctor, for instance, so they use the gov-t money to get their education and after working a couple of years, they get out of full-time employment and prefer to work 2 days a week. They want to have their cake and to eat it, too. As a result, we have a constant shortage of doctors and other specialists. The woman who introduced the law suggested that if such a woman chooses to stay home, she has to pay back ALL the money she got from the government, and not only a part of it. It is only fair. If a woman wants to get such an education, and not use it, it's fine for me, but let her pay it herself. My husband works long hours and pays a lot of tax which literally gets wasted on those part-timers and other stupid social projects of our socialist government. Nobody is obliged to get a university education. People choose for it. If a woman contemplates becoming a wife and a mother one day and staying home, she can choose to get a nurse or a hairdresser's diploma instead of a lawyer's of a doctor's.
BTW, there are about twice as many stay-at-home moms in Holland than in USA.


5:49 AM, April 08, 2006  

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