January 15, 2004
Peers over parents

I have been prioritising Samizdata, so please forgive the slimness of postings here of late.

One thing I just put up there is of definite relevance to this blog, which is this short but informative review of Judith Rich Harris' book The Nurture Assumption.

What this says is that children turn out the way they do because of their peer group, rather than because of how they are raised by their own parents.

Come to think of it, this is something that distraught parents have been yelling at the tops of their voices for years, and once someone says it, the evidence for it jumps out at you from all around. Anxiously virtuous West Indian mums doing their anxiously virtuous best, and ending up with a weapon-wielding gang member. Fifties parents giving birth to a generation of sixties children, who in their turn raised the Punk Generation. Obvious really.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:59 PM
Category: Parents and children