Manufacturing enables us to mass produce to spec – exact and precise measures that indicate whether a process is accurate.
To create millions of widgets, economies of scale and standardization are practiced. Even schooling follows a similar model. Things meeting spec means that they are “perfect” – in comparison to a prototype.
When you are raised with these principles, it is hard to shake off. The Kool-Aid runs deep through the veins.
Then motherhood comes along and challenges the principles of modern industrialization.
There is no “meeting spec” for our children. There are no standard operating procedures for mothering. There is no “perfect” mother.