Professor: If You Read To Your Kids, You’re ‘Unfairly Disadvantaging’ Others

Bedtime-story privilege?

According to a professor at the University of Warwick in England, parents who read to their kids should be thinking about how they’re “unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children” by doing so.

In an interview with ABC Radio last week, philosopher and professor Adam Swift said that since “bedtime stories activities . . . do indeed foster and produce . . . [desired] familial relationship goods,” he wouldn’t want to ban them, but that parents who “engage in bedtime-stories activities” should definitely at least feel kinda bad about it sometimes:

“I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally,” he said…

It likely makes less difference that he thinks in the long run.

IQ is highly heritable and the children inherit the advantage. Smarter parents prefer to read to their kids, but the reading itself does not make the kids more intelligent.

Our entire society is twisted itself around into pseudoscience because of the refusal to admit the heritability (or the the existence) of IQ.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We should starve white kids to make them more stupid. It’s only fair.

    • AmicusC

      and kids that come from broken homes do worse so all kids should come from broken homes, marriage should be made illegal as well as cohabitation,
      kids that are beaten are also disadvantaged. we are unable to prevent all children from being beaten as such the law shall stipulate that all children are to be beaten daily.

      • Martin B

        and molested daily too, just to make sure no one is left out.

  • Another “educator” who does not deserve the title.

  • Surele Surele
  • PhilT

    Rumours of the death of Handicapper General Diana Moon Glampers were greatly exaggerated.

  • Speaksvolumes

    How the eff do I get off this planet? Didn’t NASA just say they were working on a warp drive?

  • Clink9

    Because nobody should do better in life than anyone else. I wish this professor sex and travel.

  • Edubeat

    I’m so glad my kids have their mother’s genetics

  • G

    We read to our daughter from day one and it paid off. She’s 10 now and loves reading. If some university asshole thinks that’s unfair advantage – *GOOD*!!!
    I want her to have all the advantages i can give her.

    If you are a lazy, useless slob who is too uncaring to spend time with your kid then I guess it’s tough shit for you and your kid. When your kid grows up maybe, MAYBE, if he’s lucky he might get a job cutting my kid’s lawn.

    The fact that this moron saw fit to even express such a stupid thought in public is a testament to how useless academics are.

  • Jay Currie

    From time to time we have our kids read to us… Double the white male privilege… And as they don’t go to school another dollop of white privilege.

  • Maggat

    Pity, I’ll never forgive my father having me read from the ‘Book of Knowledge” when I was 6/7 years old. I’ve disadvantaged so many ‘other peoples children’. I can never ever forgive him.

  • Tokenn

    ‘University education’ appears to be becoming an oxymoron…

  • Everyone Else

    … and if you take dance classes you disadvantage those that don’t … and if you eat healthy food you disadvantage those that don’t … and if you don’t smoke cigarettes you disadvantage smokers … and if you’re not a video poker addict you disadvantage them too … and if you brush your teeth you’re disadvantaging non-brushers … and basically ever single thing you do to be healthy, more attractive, better educated or more employable is really a way to disadvantage others.