Originally posted by booksandcandles on October 13, 2021 19:32
In Paul Bloom's article, he discusses babies and their morals, if they have them. What he found is that very young children don't have an inherent sense of right or wrong, they just know what they want. If this is true, it means that children learn their morals from the people around them.
We talked about this in class, and how parents have huge impacts on their children's lives, whether it be beneficial or harmful. In the Anderson Cooper study, we see some of these learned behaviors come into play, as many children, when asked who was the bad or mean child, pointed to the pictures of kids with darker skin. Now, this has no basis in genetic fact, as shown by the study we saw in class, but it does have an impact on children themselves. The majority of them said the same thing: that white kids were good, smart, and nice, while black children are bad, dumb, and mean. While this is not true in itself, it's true in the fact that this is a real thing; people believe these stereotypes and we can see them being passed on to their children. Even if a parent isn't flat out telling their kid what to think, behaviors can be learned. Kids are incredibly perceptive and sort of like sponges, in the sense that they absorb whatever comes their way. Biases such as these are passed on in the same way; kids see the people around them behaving in certain ways, so they embody that.
Even though this seems to be a learn and be done situation, it's not. We all have biases, and we can't really change how we see the world. But we can work on recognizing our biases and reworking our mindset so we don't base anything on those biases. Children can do that too. I thought it was interesting how more of the older kids in Cooper's study were saying things like "I don't care what color you are," or "It only matters what's on the inside." Those things are learned as well. They probably come from a more welcoming and understanding environment, and if your environment is what shapes your values and beliefs, then the only solution is to create those environments.
I like how you incorporated the other genetic study in your response I also found that a really interesting study to learn about and it really put in perspective how much of a social construct race really is.