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by Hannah Leitheiser

Working Class Parenting

#iq #intelligence #parenting

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray

1994

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2019-10-07

'"the working-class [parenting] orientation . . . places few restraints on the impulse to punish the child when his behavior is out of bounds. Instead, it provides a positive rationale for punishing the child in precisely those circumstances when one might most like to do so." Working-class parents were more likely to use physical punishment impulsively, when the parents themselves needed the relief, not when it was likely to do the child the most good. The middle-class way sounds like "better" behavior on the part of parents, not just a neutral socioeconomic difference in parenting style, and this raises a point that scholars on child development bend over backward to avoid saying explicitly." - Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (1994)

Well, I hope none of you had working class parents.