[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[Xmca-l] Re: Resending LSV/ANL on crisis in ontogengy

Of course!
*Andy Blunden*

Rod Parker-Rees wrote:
The system may work (more or less and more for some than others) but I don't see how it could be described as 'finished', Andy. There is a continuing, lively competition among groups of parents to identify 'better', 'kinder' or just 'faster' ways of supporting their children's development and a thriving market in books, classes, equipment etc. to 'help' parents to do the right thing for their children. There is a lot of exploitation and misinformation mixed up in this but the continuing play with different ways of doing things is probably beneficial in the longer term as it leavens cultural practices - preventing them from solidifying into a universally approved and prescribed practice which is good enough for most.


-----Original Message-----
From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Andy Blunden
Sent: 23 March 2015 00:40
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Resending LSV/ANL on crisis in ontogengy

I think that cultural forms of child-rearing and the corresponding expectations placed upon the child have been developed by communities over centuries and part of that process is the collective experience of the relevant practices. Doubtless all sorts of crazy practices have been tried out at different times, but if the children do not respond as expected, the idea is dropped or modified. I think this is the point at which the biological limitations and predispositions of children comes in. But the present-day child is presented with a finished, working system.
I seem to recall that Barbara Rogoff has written about this.
*Andy Blunden*