Determinism Muddies Parental Judgement

As the current school year kicked off, I began hearing the same-old, same-old report from teachers and principals: children who have never lied. At least, that is what the parents of said children claim. When one of these highly-evolved kids is accused of misbehaving at school, his parents ask him for his side of the […]

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Are Parents Responsible for the How Their Kids Turn Out?

Are parents responsible for the sort of people their children become? That’s this week’s question, and the answer is no, albeit equivocally. Several parents have recently written me bemoaning the lifestyles their adult children have chosen to lead – lifestyles that feature addictions, criminality, and flagrant irresponsibility. (The operative word in the previous sentence, by […]

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