April 22, 2005

It's The Parenting

The backlash against Bill Cosby from some quarters has been intense at times for his suggestion that black parents are largely responsible for the educational underachievement of their children. But other commentators black and white have stepped forward to say he's right, that it really is about the parenting.

Kay Hymowitz writes about a number of cultural differences in parenting, including the level of "child-centeredness" in the household, that have an effect on vocabulary and eventual educational performance and social development. I won't even try to excerpt her excellent City Journal article, just strongly recommend reading it all.

Posted by dan at April 22, 2005 8:10 PM