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Nature on Nurture?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by frogusmaximus, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    Recently spent an afternoon with an expat gay parent who lives with his partner of 20 years. Ten years ago they adopted a little girl recently arrived at a local orphanage.

    There are the usual issues of a single child wanting siblings, and an aged father who found parenthood a challenge the first time round, but It's quite staggering to see how clever the little girl is, performing at the top end of her class and both confident and at ease with everyone she meets.
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  2. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Nature AND Nurture, I suspect, though I have no idea how one would measure the various influences against each other.
  3. nemo.

    nemo. Occasional commenter

    Twins seperated at birth studies.

    In the old days they separated twins like that. Imagine meeting your twin by accident!
  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    The twin studies didn't work, they didn't show anything conclusively.

    Its both, its impossible to tell them apart. You are born with a huge range of potentials, impossible to know or count how many, and nurture talks you down one path or another. ot an impossible to measure extent
    T0nyGT likes this.
  5. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    There's an excellent and tragic documentary on this exact subject. It's called Three Identical Strangers. I'd recommend it to anyone
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  6. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    There was a recent TV documentary on this very thing. It was quite sad as it was done purely as a sociological experiment.
  7. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    Was walking with the wife through a mall recently and was passed by an obviously proud set of parents walking hand in hand with their toddler. We seemed to pass each other numerous times and on every occasion the child was attempting communication, taking her first steps at word use. Not one time did the parents engage with their daughter and the couple interacted more with their phones than her.

    I see this far too often. Shall we call it anti-nurture?
    Mainwaring likes this.
  8. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    They eff you up, your Mum and Dad,
    They never mean to, but they do.

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