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BF Skinner wrote Walden Two because he was dissatisfied with many things in society including the government pollution the exhaustion of resources overpopulation crime and violence In this book Skinner envisions that a perfect world can be created by predicting and controlling the behavior of society beginning as early as infancy While reading the prologue I came across this statement regarding parenting and children We could solve many of the problems of delinquency and crime if we could change the early environment of offenders One need not be a bleeding heart to argue that many young people today have simply not been prepared by their homes or school to lead successful lives within the law or if prepared do not have the chance to do so by getting jobs Children are our most valuable resources and they are now shamefully wasted Wonderful things can be done in the first years of life but we leave them to people whose mistakes range all the way from child abuse to overprotection and the lavishing of affection on the wrong behavior We give small children little chance to develop good relationships with their peers or with adults especially in single parent homes which are on the increase That is all changed when children are from the very first part of a larger community Skinner xi I took offense to this statement I am a single parent and this statement seems to suggest that I cannot do a good or even adequate job of raising my daughter on my own According to Skinner she will more than likely grow up to being unprepared for life unsuccessful and quite possibly a criminal I have high expectations for my daughter and I think that I am doing a great job of raising her by myself Many people have told me that my daughter is very intelligent well behaved and polite I also do not agree with Skinners statement that
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