We talked today about how we are shaped, as human beings, both by our genetic inheritance and by our environment (our life experiences and the choices that we make).
The children had to try to say which – genes or life experience – they thought was a more important influence on their development as a person. Most thought it was their environment.
- Zeca: I personally think that the way you were born doesn’t matter. The most important thing to me is nurture.
- Sylvie: I think the most important is probably environmental because it’s how you’re brought up that determines how happy you are or how your personality is built.
- Faisal: I think environment more than genes because you choose what you want to do and you choose the path you want to follow.
- Sonny: My life is more important than my genes.
- Sarafina. Environment shapes you as a person. You kind of have a growth mindset if you believe in nurture. If you don’t it’s a bit like you’re saying ‘I’m born this way and I can’t change it.’
- Jim says that he’s grown up in a protective environment with caring parents. He says, ‘Even if I had been born in a troubled part of the world, and had the same parents, I would still be roughly who I am now.’
- Nina gave this careful and balanced assessment: I have inherited my mouth, teeth, nose, and eyebrows from my dad. I got my eyes, hair colour and ears from my mum. My parents both run and I think that I inherit half of that from them but I train and do a lot of cross country running to help…. and get lots of encouragement. I personally think that you could be born with a talent and not practise or you could not be born with a talent but train really hard and succeed. I think that envrionment and nurture is more important because it’s your choice of what to do or be.
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Bonus question: which member of the class has evolved from this young lady?