Are they Both Right

Are they Both Right

by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Posted: November 28, 2013 | Last Updated: December 4, 2013

A News Story

In this news story (click here), are they both correct (read the quick article first)? Is the daycare correct for wanting a balanced meal. They should be the early childhood experts and in this day and age where using the term expert in the media is a tool used by journalists to instantly build credibility for their sources, why should we not do everything these ‘experts’ ask us to do for when it comes to what is best for our children.

The other party in the article, the mother, is also correct. It is her life and family. Why does the daycare have the right to tell her what to do with her child?

A Question

And here’s a question. What if they are both right? Yes, both could very well be correct.

How can this be? Does one not have to be right and one wrong? Isn’t this a natural part of human nature.

Through my work with Okanagan Elite Athlete and travels, I say no. Competition (a winner and a loser) doesn’t strongly exist with the young children we work with at OEA or the children I have seen ‘competing.’ They just go out and have fun. Adults, through the question, did you win or lose, guide children (and future adults) to develop a sense of need of strong competition. Kids think there always has to be a winner and a loser through conditioning.

Perspective

This is always a hard ethical debate to try and satisfy.  Who is right and who is wrong.  I think while universities do a good job of asking this question in philosophy courses, many people aren’t stopping and asking the question, why does one have to be right, and one have to be wrong. Why can’t two people be right at the same time.

It all depends on one’s perspective.  Do you agree with doing what is ethical (ensuring the child is taken of) at other costs?  Do you agree with freedom over other choices and rights?

A Call To Action

What are some of your thoughts?  Don’t worry, you aren’t right or wrong in your ideas and opinions.  Join the conversation by commenting below!

Further Reading

Based on reading this blog post, you may also be interested in: Life Perspectives.

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These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog

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  1. It takes a VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD !! I believe the parent AND care givers are doing the BEST THAT THEY KNOW HOW !! Perhaps a little note or converstaion at the end of the day 1st, making a few suggestioins to the parent before the fine would have been more appropriate. But really RITZ CRACKERS…….so processed and full of sugar, not a good choice there either. Maybe both parties need a little help with NUTRITIONAL LUNCH IDEAS for young children !! ………..Adult education is the key to giving our children THE BEST of what it is they need.

  2. Absolutely brilliant

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