Choosing Children

Genes, Disability, and Design

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Author: Jonathan Glover

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191037117

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

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Progress in genetic and reproductive technology now offers us the possibility of choosing what kinds of children we do and don't have. Should we welcome this power, or should we fear its implications? There is no ethical question more urgent than this: we may be at a turning-point in the history of humanity. The renowned moral philosopher and best-selling author Jonathan Glover shows us how we might try to answer this question, and other provoking and disturbing questions to which it leads. Surely parents owe it to their children to give them the best life they can? Increasingly we are able to reduce the number of babies born with disabilities and disorders. But there is a powerful new challenge to conventional thinking about the desirability of doing so: this comes from the voices of those who have these conditions. They call into question the very definition of disability. How do we justify trying to avoid bringing people like them into being? In 2002 a deaf couple used sperm donated by a friend with hereditary deafness to have a deaf baby: they took the view that deafness is not a disability, but a difference. Starting with the issues raised by this case, Jonathan Glover examines the emotive idea of 'eugenics', and the ethics of attempting to enhance people, for non-medical reasons, by means of genetic choices. Should parents be free, not only to have children free from disabilities, but to choose, for instance, the colour of their eyes or hair? This is no longer a distant prospect, but an existing power which we cannot wish away. What impact will such interventions have, both on the individuals concerned and on society as a whole? Should we try to make general improvements to the genetic make-up of human beings? Is there a central core of human nature with which we must not interfere? This beautifully clear book is written for anyone who cares about the rights and wrongs of parents' choices for their children, anyone who is concerned about our human future. Glover handles these uncomfortable questions in a controversial but always humane and sympathetic manner.

The Ethics of Choosing Children

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Author: Simon Reader

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319598643

Category: Philosophy

Page: 140

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This book takes the contentious issue of designer babies and argues against the liberal eugenic current of bioethics that commends the logic and choice regimes of selective reproduction. Against conceptions of Procreative Beneficence that trade on a disregard for the gifts of maternal bodies, it seeks to recover a thought of maternal giving and a more hospitable ethic of generational beneficence. Exploring themes of responsibility, gift and natality, the book refigures the experience of reproduction as the site of an ethical response to future generations, where refusal to choose one’s children is one virtuous response. The book will appeal to anyone with an interest in reproductive ethics, feminist thought and those seeking principled grounds for resisting the technologies of choosing children.

Choosing Books for Children

A Commonsense Guide

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Author: Betsy Hearne,Deborah Stevenson

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252069284

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 229

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Presents a tool for choosing books for children of all ages. This title offers practical guidance on sorting through the bewildering array of picture books, pop-up books, books for beginning readers, young adult titles, classics, poetry, olktales, and factual books.

A Guide to Choosing Your Children’s Schools

& Monitoring Their School Experiences

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Author: Winifred Chinwendu Nweke

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460240367

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 112

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A Guide to Choosing Your Children’s Schools & Monitoring Their School Experiences is a must read for all current and prospective parents, ideally before their children reach school age. It will help them plan ahead to ensure successful educational experience for their children. The first part of the book draws attention to various factors parents should, but do not always, consider that affect their children’s education. For example, what school is best for my child: Public or private; Charter, County or City school? Where you buy a home may take these choices out of your hands! The book challenges parents to use readily available information in print and on the internet, regarding school academic history, location, resources, curriculum and extra-curricular offerings, to plan ahead. It encourages parents to make deliberate choices that would position their children in the neighborhoods that would place them in the best schools. The second part of the book argues for, and illustrates, why parents should closely monitor their children’s experiences from pre-school through high school, even in the best of schools. The book concludes with suggestions on various ways parents can forge effective partnerships with the school/teacher to facilitate a successful experience for their children/ward.

Babies and Young Children

Early Years Care and Education

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Author: Marian Beaver,Jo Brewster,Pauline Jones

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 9780748739752

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 492

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Expanded and fully updated content promotes student confidence.New case studies relate theory to real-life situations.Encourages learning by progress checks, activities and 'think about' features.Enhances student understanding through clear definitions of all key terminology.Written in a clear, user-friendly style.

Gay Men Choosing Parenthood

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Author: Gerald P. Mallon

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231508379

Category: Social Science

Page: 153

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Gay parenting is a topic on which almost everyone has an opinion but almost nobody has any facts. Here at last is a book based on a thorough review of the literature, as well as interviews with a pioneering group of men who in the 1980s chose to become fathers outside the boundaries of a heterosexual union—through foster care, adoption, and other kinship relationships. This book reveals how very natural and possible gay parenthood can be. What factors influence this decision? How do the experiences of gay dads compare to those of heterosexual men? How effectively do professional services such as support groups serve gay fathers and prospective gay fathers? What elements of the social climate are helpful—and hurtful? Gay Men Choosing Parenthood challenges a great deal of misinformation, showing how gay fathers from different backgrounds adapted, perceived, and constructed their options and their families.

Choosing a School for a Child with Special Needs

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Author: Ruth Birnbaum

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1843109875

Category: Education

Page: 287

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From drawing up a list of possibilities and setting up a school visit, to asking the right questions and recording your opinions in order to make an informed decision, Choosing a School for a Child with Special Needs will guide you through this complex and stressful process with confidence and ease.

Beyond Motherhood

Choosing a Life Without Children

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Author: Jeanne Safer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671793446

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

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Women from all over the country share their experiences and offer insights into what it is like not having children, and describe what factors helped shape their decision to remain childless