Saturday, March 19, 2005

Genes, Intelligence, & Religion

People in other countries think we Americans are crazy.

Big surprise.

Specifically: They think American parents are crazy.

And they may have a point.

In the last forty years American parents have been schooled in a form of parenting that worries endlessly and obsessively about the minutiae of how their children are treated. Now: Don't get me wrong! Parents have always obsessed about their offspring. That's nothing new. But the lengths that American parents carry things are out of synch with how parenting has been done in world history, in other cultures today, and even in America prior to about forty years ago.

One may argue that this is a good thing, that parents have found a better way. But the other side of the question should also be considered. I entertain a personal suspicion that the obsessiveness is partially driven by the fact Americans aren't as fertile as they once were.

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