at1with0 wrote:What does she mean by "belong"? Your children aren't your property, that's for sure.
I think by saying "kids should belong to the community" or whatever she is just saying that we should think of not just "our" kids when making policy.
The way everyone ELSE took it, which she didn't deny, is as follows:
A child is not the responsibility of its parents--instead it's part of a collective (the community). The parents shouldn't get to decide how their child is raised; the child should be taught what is right and wrong by the "collective" that it belongs to.
If the context for "belong" was to say the child is not the parents' property like you argue, then when she said the child instead it belongs to the collective--it would have to mean it is "property" of the collective. So that context is out. Well, either that or her message is even worse than I thought and she has much to explain by saying a child is the property of the collective.