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.

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