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More thoughts on microcultures

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Your family is one microculture, and their relatives and connections—the people with whom they socialize and mingle and among whom they formed friendships—form the microculture in which you were raised as a child. This group of people defined for you, as a child, how the world of people was and how social interactions worked. So you absorbed the moral values of that culture.

I blogged earlier about the possible effects of this microculture in shaping the GOP worldview, and even earlier in observing how my own grandchildren were being educated into their family’s microculture.

Of course, some rebel against the culture in which they were raised, and leave it for good. Others rebel slightly, in adolescence, merely as a test, and return again to the culture, which has embraced them since childhood. It’s very difficult to shed the worldview one has absorbed as a child, which is why giving children the tools of self-education in the reality of the world—the ability to look dispassionately at actual evidence and to test conclusions against evidence—is so important.

Written by Leisureguy

7 January 2008 at 9:34 am

Posted in Daily life, Education

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