State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. (D-NY) has introduced a bill that would require parents to take a series of government-run parenting workshops before their children could advance to the seventh grade.

Parents would be required to take at least four classes. The bill says that one of the courses would be related to physical, emotional or sexual abuse of children. Under the bill, employers would be required to provide one day of paid leave per year so that parents would be able to attend the classes.


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Under the bill, if parents don’t attend the classes, their children won't advance.

A panel discussed the bill today on "The Real Story" With Gretchen Carlson.


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Stefanie Weiss, of AskStefanie.com, called it outrageous and unbelievable.

“So, first of all, why parenting classes in sixth grade?” Weiss asked. “I’ve been a mother since my child was born, so, now all of the sudden in sixth grade, we’re doing a brush-up class?”

Carol Alt said times have changed, and a lot of parents haven’t kept up with the times. She pointed out that there is texting, emailing, Facebook and cyber-bullying, to name a few.

“Maybe, giving just a little bit of instruction on how to handle these things can really avert really serious issues, such as suicide,” Alt said.

Jamie Colby offered up a sobering statistic: In this country, law enforcement gets calls about parental maltreatment of six children per minute.

Weiss said she feels that students will be the ones who are punished if their parents don’t attend the classes because they’ll be held back as a result.

But Colby said that this law wouldn’t hold up in court.

Watch the full panel debate above.