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Lhe topic of our collective duty in direction of kids appears to come back down increasingly to the next two questions: ought to we’ve got them or not? And how can we depart them with a world that’s as undamaged as potential? The first query is related, and more and more acute for many who ask themselves in a world that’s burning; the second is totally important.

As the saying goes from a phrase by Wendell Berry, an American peasant poet, “we do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”. However, in our gerontodictated society, choices are made for an citizens older than ever who will quickly now not be there to expertise the results.

Our duty to kids, nonetheless, goes a lot additional than the combat towards local weather change. And our lack of ability to take their pursuits under consideration on this topic is the symptom of a elementary drawback: France is lagging worryingly behind on the difficulty of childhood.

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Our nation is second to final within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the event of socio-behavioral expertise – notably vanity, the flexibility to collaborate, perseverance, respect – which have vital results on the flexibility to be taught, and subsequently on educational after which skilled success, but additionally on psychological well-being all through life – and on our skill to represent a peaceable society.

Doubly responsible

According to the Innocenti 13 report from Unicef, France is twenty-eighth out of thirty-five wealthy international locations when it comes to inequalities in well-being between kids. In his 2020 report, the Defender of Rights additionally underlines that kids testify “a lack of consideration of themselves, their opinions and their dreams by the adults around them”. We battle to see kids as full members of society – particularly in public areas, the place we like nothing greater than to complain about their presence.

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We are subsequently doubly responsible in direction of “future” generations: we don’t take sufficient care of at the moment’s kids and we don’t take their pursuits under consideration within the choices that can form tomorrow. Truly caring for youngsters would allow them to grow to be adults able to guaranteeing a “good life” for themselves, for others, for the world. As Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) wrote in 1961, “education is the point where we decide whether we love the world enough to take responsibility for it [et] if we love our children enough to (…) prepare them in advance for the task of renewing our common world”.

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