Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Steven Pinker, segregation and immigration?

I recently read The Blank slate from Steven Pinker, a very inspiring book. The biggest lesson of the book is for me is that family doesnt matter that much, but genes and also the environment matter much more. With environment he refers to peers etc.

I was wondering how does this connect to the issue of mixed schools (with immigrants and natives) and to mixed neighborhoods? These are issues that have in the debate quite a lot, in both The Netherlands and Belgium (and I assume other European countries as well).

If the environment and the peers matter that much with regard to certain behaviorial traits then we would be in favor of a more mixed situation. (How to achieve this mix is another question.)

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