I am not tall. My Husband is probably considered average height for a man. When you put these things together you are probably aiming for a shortish child.
Mission accomplished. My daughter is short.
I used to joke that I wanted to marry a tall guy specifically because I wanted a kid that didn’t need to spend their life climbing on things in order to reach other things. Wouldn’t it be great if you could pick out the traits that you want your child to have?
Or would that be the worst thing ever done in the name of science and advancement?
We are entering a world where parents may be able to choose the characteristics of their children.
About 30 years ago a trend started- leaving your kids back in school, from the onset of their school years, so that the child would be the oldest in the grade. The reasoning was that the child would be bigger physically (sports) and have a more mature mind (intellectually). This would give a kid an “edge” over their peers…
So now, my daughter who just went along with the grade she was supposed to be in, has some classmates that are two years older than her, and incoming Freshman who are older than her. She is routinely asked if she skipped grades…
If we’d held her back, would she have graduated number one in her class instead of eighth? Would she have played first singles instead of first doubles? Would she have missed 0 questions on the math SAT instead of two?
Was I a bad parent because I let her go with her grade? Was I a bad parent because I didn’t give her an edge?
Did the trend of having children start kindergarten at six help them out? I have no idea. But for a little bit I did think we would have kindergarten classes where the average age was ten…
You know parents…
Anything to give their offspring an advantage.
But let’s get back to science…
If parents were willing to hold their kids back from formal schooling, what other lengths will they go to?
Many parents have expectations of their children- this happens before they are even born. Maybe they want them to be a beauty queen. Quarterback. Doctor. President. And many parents are saddened when their children fail to reach the expectations set for them…
If you have the money, would you try to engineer your child?
Would you write down a list of all the qualities that you want your child to have?
Are we about to see a world of tall, blonde, athletic children?
Does this remind you are any point in history?
(you get it all with my blog- sociology, science and history)
Genetically engineered children…
How far do we go to make the perfect person?
Who determines what perfect is?
What happens if every child has the exact same attributes? Will there still be kids who don’t make the team or finish first in their class?
I mean really- there are still only nine on the baseball field, five on the basketball court, six on the rink- I don’t know anything about football so you have to tell me how many are actually on the field…
Is the entire grade going to tie for valedictorian?
What do you think about designer children?