Thursday, April 9

"Do Parents Matter?"

Sorry Mom and Dad, but I didn't say it. From

Do Parents Matter?
A researcher argues that peers are much more important than parents, that psychologists underestimate the power of genetics and that we have a lot to learn from Asian classrooms.
In 1998 Judith Rich Harris, an independent researcher and textbook author, published The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out The Way They Do. The book provocatively argued that parents matter much less, at least when it comes to determining the behavior of their children, than is typically assumed. Instead, Harris argued that a child’s peer group is far more important. The Nurture Assumption has recently been reissued in an expanded and revised form. Mind Matters editor Jonah Lehrer chats with Harris about her critics, the evolution of her ideas and why teachers can be more important than parents.
If you have any interest in the nature/nurture debate, I suggest that you read the interview...

1 comment:

  1. Well, truthfully, I've always known the power of peers so this doesn't surprise me. Nonetheless, I still think parents are terribly important in the overall scheme! :-)