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What's wrong with day care : freeing parents to raise their own children
Siegel, Charles.
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New York: Teachers College Press, [2001]

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xv, 151 pages ; 24 cm

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HQ778.63 .S54 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This study challenges conventional wisdom about childcare. It argues that Americans have wrongly embraced day care and devalued work that is traditionally done by women. The author also suggests that both men and women must re-evaluate modern lifestyles and recognize the value of home economy.

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What's wrong with day care, says Siegel, is that the liberals use it as a cure-all. What's wrong with American society, he says, is that the liberals are foisting their agenda on all families. What's wrong with families, he continues, is that the liberals have championed divorce, overspending, and overworking, so much as to ruin American life as we knew it. Readers will tire of this barrage before Chapter 1 even begins. Siegel, founder of the Preservation Institute, presents an overview of American society as it used to be: at-home nuclear families playing the piano, baking their own bread, reading novels, and enjoying Father as breadwinner and Mother as housekeeper. Nowhere does he recognize that discrimination, abuse, or poverty ever existed. Mass-production, movies, TV, and the welfare state are at fault, he says, for the crisis society faces today, resulting in his conclusion that day care is one of its harmful components. To his credit, Siegel does critique the consumerism of the last two decadesDits energy-wasting cars, homes, and neighborhood sprawl. However, as he seeks answers, he returns to casting blame on liberals, leftist policies, and politicians he clearly doesn't like. Being a "househusband" for five whole years does not give Siegel credibility. Not recommended.D Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.