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New Huffington Post opinion piece on “The Ethics of Registering Future Children to Nurseries”

On my way home from work one day a couple of weeks ago I was reading as usual one of the evening newspapers on the Tube. One story by Anna Davis in particular caught my eye. “Mums scramble for London nursery places when they are just 12 weeks pregnant: One even tried to register BEFORE she had conceived.” […]

childrenIt is nothing new that parents in London go to extremes to enroll their children in the “right” school. Everybody who has lived in London long enough has heard a friend’s or relative’s story of Londoners moving neighborhood to get their children into a good school, of attending church in order to secure a place for their child at a faith-based school, or of parents renting a house somewhere in another neighborhood orchanging their address to their parents’ home in order to be eligible to sign up their kids to school in the catchment area, or other extreme tactics to get a child into what it is consider a good school.

But registering children to nursery before they exist really seems to be the extreme, and raises many ethical questions.

Click below to read the rest of the piece, published on the Huffington Post blog (Education) on June 11, 2015:



Genetic tests to scout out children’s athletic talent: are they ‘ethical’?

New, open-access paper our for Sports Ethics & Philosophy! ‘Bend it like Beckham! The ethics of genetically testing children for athletic potential‘.

photo by Kevin Moloney for the New York Times

photo by Kevin Moloney for the New York Times

In this paper I analyse the use of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests, sometimes coupled with more traditional methods of ‘talent scouting’, to assess a child’s predisposition to athletic performance. I first discuss the scientific evidence at the basis of these tests, and the parental decision in terms of education, and of investing in the children’s future, taken on the basis of the results of the tests. I then discuss how these parental practices impact on the children’s right to an open future, and on their developing sense of autonomy. I also consider the meaning and role of sports in childhood, and conclude that the use of DTC genetic tests to measure children’s athletic potential should be seen as a ‘wake up’ call for other problematic parental attitudes aimed at scouting and developing children’s talent.