Many topics are too nuanced, subjective, or personal to write justifiable legislation about. Legislation is made by a small group of elected officials, rather than voted on directly by the populace (at least in the US). Because of this, it is inappropriate for legislation to assign criminal penalties to acts based solely on subjective concepts of morality except where there is clear majority consensus on an issue (such as rape, murder, etc.)

In situations where no clear consensus can be reached, lawmakers should defer the responsibility to society (specifically educators and parents) to teach children what is and is not acceptable based on objective information provided by educators, and moral guidance provided by parents. This way we can dynamically control what is and is not acceptable based directly on society's (ever changing) contemporary morality.

In order for a system like this to work, however, huge emphasis must be made on the importance of the family unit, and the current standards of the education system (at least in the US) must be raised. I know this is an idealistic view, and that people do not always follow the morality they are exposed to in their youth. But people always do what they believe is logical for themselves, and with proper education (or, more bluntly, indoctrination), people will act based on things they believe to be true from their education.
hailtothethief hailtothethief
18-21, M
1 Response Jul 19, 2010

I like the way you think. I've struggled for a really long time over this, because I'm a political science major at a liberal arts school, and my plan was to go to graduate school for education and then, after teaching for some years, go into education policy. The more I study each discipline (education studies and poli sci) the more I can see the limitations of legislation and the power of teachers. In a classroom, I will know I'm making a difference. I can't imagine spending years pushing an agenda that will only mildly change things, or especially trying to come up with that one magic formula that will revolutionize the face of education and solve our nation's achievement and confidence gaps--it doesn't exist. Nothing we can mandate will work equally well in East New York, Brooklyn and the Upper West Side(or at least no one's found it yet). We need hard-working, motivated teachers and administrators, and to face the reality that we won't always have supportive and engaged parents, and at that point it's part of the teacher's job to go that extra hundred miles to get through to a kid who isn't getting what he or she needs. <br />
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I think you might like the model of the Harlem Children's Zone.