But even if we could delude ourselves into thinking remote learning is a worthy substitute for school, is it not reasonable that the Government prioritises the ability of parents to work?

Looking after kids is work. Going to work is work. So, we desire – at this societal level – that everyone do the highest value work they can do that is also on offer to them. Everyone doing their least bad thing is just the playing out of Ricardo’s comparative advantage.

Getting folks to do summat for £10 an hour when it costs £20 an hour in childcare for them to go do it is not that most efficient use of labour resources. That’s also known as making us all poorer.

There are many other arguments working the other way. Like wimmins are only going to be so locked out of the labour market for a decade so don’t lock them out. Or, of course, it’s just damn unfair.

But the argument about economic efficiency is, well, it’s one about economic efficiency. Folks doing work that pays less than the costs of their going to work shouldn’t be going to work.

5 thoughts on “No”

  1. As always, the servant problem is alive and well.

    Needless to say, I’m not really interested in paying for someone to take care of some whinger’s kids. And then of course paying for the care of the carer’s offspring as well.

  2. Childcare costs are inflated by government rules, mostly about staffing levels but also H&S.
    And what do parents do in the 200+ days the kids aren’t at school?

  3. What I don’t get with all this whining is what has changed? Female workforce participation numbers in the UK haven’t moved much since the 1990s; in the US they’ve actually declined. Did women always moan about the cost of childcare, or is this a recent thing?

  4. Except it’s starting with a false assumption, inkjet learning is much worse for kids, maybe great for teachers though so no doubt the unions will be all for it.
    Met a teacher who complained that first few years where you have to develop all the lessons plans etc meant long hours then it settled down a little, they really have no perception of what real world work loads are.

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