When not done by daycare providers, this job is done by parents. It makes sense, then, that you would want your daycare provider to take care of your child as well as you would do it yourself. But what I take away from this article is that many of us are woefully underqualified to be parents. If we apply the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies standards to everyone, parents should:
Have a bachelor's degree, preferably in child development (Bye bye, parents who never went to college! Did you think this was a job for amateurs?)
Be trained in CPR (Always a good idea, but I doubt most parents are.)
Have criminal background checks (I guess you and your prospective partner could run checks on each other. But what if you both have a record?)
Have child care training (You did take a class before you had kids, didn't you? This isn't something you learn as you go, people!)
Have an appropriate provider-to-child ratio (There go those people I saw on the Discovery Channel who had sextuplets).
And don't forget having your home inspected for cleanliness and safety by the state!
WELL... WHY NOT? If we're going to admit as a society that raising children requires all these things, why do we let people get away with not doing them, just because they spurted these children out of their vaginas (or contributed sperm)? Why the double standard?
My opinion: because the family structure is complete and utter bullshit.