I liked this write-up, and I voted it +1. I did take issue, however, of the author's personal opinion on parent responsibiltiy.
If my parents were to be held responsible for everything I did as a teenager, I would be mortified.
- I drank (even though Mom and Dad preached against it and yelled/grounded me when I was caught),
- I smoked (even though I hid it from my Dad until I was 20 for fear of being beaten to death for my stupidity),
- I got a tatoo (and Dad still doesn't know about that)
- I did too many drugs (even though Mom and Dad preached against it and told me I'd go to hell),
- I had sex (even though Mom and Dad told me the dangers of pregnancy and the then-mysterious and horrible AIDS),
Eventually, though, I grew up, got a couple college degrees, started a family, was given a nice cubicle to spend my days in, and received (free of charge) whole new outlook on life.
The point I am trying to make is that my parents were very definite about instilling in me respectable values, and I was basically an ass anyway. Now, I have a three year-old son, and when he grows up and does immoral things after I have taught him my (new and improved) values, I don't want to be accused of fostering his moments of stupidity.
Kids are, well... kids. They know right from wrong, but they rarely have the moral fortitude or descrection to choose the right path... the wrong one is a hell of a lot more fun, afterall.
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. -- Jonathan Swift