A professor at Mississippi State University is arguing that "collective parenting" is the best method for raising children – but that approach has already been tried and found wanting, says a pro-family group.
Speaking recently at Cornell University, MSU sociology professor Margaret Hagerman said the idea of having outside influences help raise children is a good idea because, by themselves, white parents "reproduce racism" in their offspring – even if they themselves are not racist.
However, Peter Sprigg with Family Research Council warns against the "not so new" concept. "The idea of collective parenting is kind of utopian nonsense – and that's typical of socialism," he states.
Also, Sprigg points out, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton presented a similar idea of collective parenting in her book "It Takes a Village" – which was panned by conservative family advocates at the time.
The FRC spokesman explains that the most extensive application of the collective-parenting concept was in the Soviet Union after the Bolshevik Revolution beginning in 1917 – and that, he claims, "was a catastrophe."
"… They believed in the withering away of the natural family, and they believed in this idea of 'collective parenting,’" he continues. "Children were abandoned by their parents and … ended up living like animals in the streets. The state was utterly incapable of raising children or even caring for their physical needs."
Hagerman is author of "White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America," which attempts to explain how "affluent, white children learn about race" – and contends that white families play a role "in the reproduction of racism and racial inequality in America."