Last week the Washington Post reported that the District of Columbia will be the first in the nation “to require child care workers to get college degrees.”
Yes, you read that correctly. All child care workers in Washington, D.C., must earn a “bachelor’s degree in early-childhood education” in order to take care of your diaper-donned infants.
Of course they do. So the answer is to require all these otherwise competent (in most cases) workers to attend colleges, where they can return to teach these innocent children all about trigger words, oppression, safe spaces and micro-aggressions.
What it will likely do instead is lock out more and more parents from otherwise perfectly adequate child care. By requiring not only an expensive childcare license, but now a college degree, D.C. is unknowingly driving up the cost of child care.
I say unknowingly, because the people in government that mandate such things never account for the dynamics of the market.
College costs money. These employees will somehow have to pay for their education, as not everyone will benefit from scholarships. Day care centers will be forced to boost salaries and pass that cost onto the parents, many of whom can barely afford the day care expense in the first place – something government pinheads never account for.
I have no intention in this article to pass judgment on parents who should or should not put their kids in day care rather than one parent or the other simply stay home. That’s not the point.