Sunday, June 24, 2007

How parenting doesn't matter

Judith Rich Harris's scan of the literature concludes that -- extreme abuse cases aside -- how a child behaves in society (extending into later life) has less to to do with how you you treat him/her and more to do with DNA and his/her personal determination of status among peers. Learned family context behavior does not carry over.
The rebuttal is more specific and covers academic achievement and economic opportunities.

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