In a message dated 10/9/1999 8:19:56 AM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< This ignores my question - if I pay money to give my child an education
what financial reward do I get in return? The question isn't about the parents love for the child or their social responsibility to the child, it is often the case that parents cannot afford what they think is best. However, perhaps it is possible to make education an investment that has a financial reward rather than one of love and/or prestige.
Yes, and the problem is that most people can only accept a financial benefit for their investment, they cannot afford to give their children everything they would want to give them. But if it is true that better education would mean a more successful and wealthy child then there is a financial benefit to be had from the child, and the parent (or sponsor) should expect a return on their investment. This would also mean that those people who do not feel the natural urge to care for their children have a financial incentive to offer them the best education and welfare possible.
As to the question of investment in children and repayment, this is the way it is viewed in my family: What a parent does for their child, it is expected to be repaid by that child doing for their own children. The debt is eternal; each generation repaying the love, time, effort and resources invested in them by doing the same for the next generation. I find it an elegant system, and plan to continue it. You could consider it a very long term investment in the family.