“You know, Mrs. Buckman, you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car – hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a father.”

You know what. And trust me when I say I’d never thought I’d say this. Keanu Reeves is right.

That may or may not have been a quote from Parenthood that was released 21 years ago, but it still rings true today, if not truer. The Chicago Tribune has written a short and interesting piece that is open for plausible debate.

The main proposition of this article is:

Should parents be jailed for continuing to not physically participate in the education of their child?

Ehhhh. I think jail time is a bit excessive. And like the article suggests, how can you guarantee and actively police the comprehension of information that has been discussed by the teacher?

Is the punishment warranted by not physically and publicly showing interest in your child? Totally. But here’s the thing, alcoholics and drug addicts can have kids too. Who’s to say that they’re not f*cking up a kid before they even reach the custody of a teacher? Is that where CPS steps in and claims the best interest of the kid? Who is responsible for contacting CPS? And when does being an unfit parent become a government regulation?

This is a serious gray area that I don’t think anyone could touch right now. I’m happy knowing someone with power is trying to fight for children’s rights to a better life through education, but I’m thinking this is a lost cause that will fall on deaf ears. What do you think?