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Transcript of Educational Technology
THE FRACTURED FAMILY
The Streamlined Family
BIO-Parents and PRO-Parents
If a smaller number of families raise children, however, why do the children have to be their own? Why not a system under which "professional parents" take on the childrearing function for others? Raising children, after all, requires skills that are by no means universal.
The Mystique of Motherhood
The most obviously upsetting force likely to strike the family in the decades immediately ahead will be the impact of the new birth technology.
Educational Technology 2
One simple thing they will do is streamline the family. The typical pre-industrial family not only had a good many children, but numerous other dependents as well—grandparents,
uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Communes and Homosexual Daddies
Romantic? Unmanly? Perhaps. Yet attitudes like these will be widely held by men in the future. Two pressures are even now softening up the culture, preparing it for acceptance of the idea of childrearing by men.
THE ODDS AGAINST LOVE
Unhappy husbands often complain that they have "left their wives behind" in terms of social, educational or intellectual growth. Partners in successful marriages are said to "grow together."
It is this change in the statistical odds against love that accounts for the high divorce and separation rates in most of the techno-societies.
"The trend is toward a more rapid rhythm of events through most of the family cycle." But if industrialism, with its faster pace of life, has accelerated the family cycle, super- industrialism now threatens to smash it altogether.
THE DEMANDS OF FREEDOM
As serial marriages become more common, we shall begin to characterize people not in terms of their present marital status, but in terms of their marriage career or "trajectory." This trajectory will be formed by the decisions they make at certain vital turning points in their lives. For most people, the first such juncture will arrive in youth, when they enter into "trial marriage."