Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More of Rod Dreher's interview

Parts II and III of Rod Dreher's interview with me about the new book are here and here.



Blogger HispanicPundit said...

Interesting interview. I'm curious, have you read Judith Rich Harris's book, The Nurture Assumption? In it, she recommends precisely the opposite of what your first response in the interview linked above seems to suggest. Namely, as parents, you should send your children to the best school you can afford. The power of peers is that important.

I ask because I am struggling with the same issue. I have a 2 year old, and am currently planning for his future. The question I am struggling with is: should I put him in the public school, already ranked a 9 and 10 on ranking, or should I push it even further, and place him in an academically challenging private school.

My son is Mexican-American, and will probably blend in alot more in a public school that atleast has some other kids that look like him. WHereas the private school, he will be the only minority. Does this matter? What would you recommend?

9:02 PM  
Blogger TGGP said...

I don't think they're quite so opposite. Harris stresses the importance of peers, but integration didn't cause kids to choose high-achieving peers (distinct from classmates). Harris also gave the example of a family that constituted its own peer group thrived in that way, which may be similar to what was happening at some of the good black schools Buck wrote about.

12:57 PM  

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