Grandparents \’better than nurseries\’ for young children\’s development
Young children looked after by their grandparents often develop better than those placed in expensive nurseries, a study has found.
No one would ever think that some 4 billion years of evolution would lead to such a result, would they?
The idea that children are better cared for by those with whom they have a genetic relationship than by those who don\’t?
Which brings me to one of the amusements that I note in political life.
Broadly speaking (not entirely, but broadly) denial of evolution is something associated with the right, with conservatism. Derision of those who deny evolution is something very much associated with the left.
And yet when we come to public policy proposals the positions reverse. Roughly, the more conservative one is the more likely one is to insist that children are best brought up within the family, where that very idea of evolution would place it, while the more lefty one is the more one seems to advocate State Podding Hutches for the little blighters (see Polly passim on how every child should be in a State nursery where everyone has a Masters in child development).
That\’s possibly where it is at its most extreme, but it extends outwards too. The essentially conservative view that people are as they are and the aim is to make a society work with them as they are, well, we\’re interested in constraining what evolution made us. Further left (even without getting to New Soviet Man etc, much the same is true of the Green idea that we can all be re educated to be less consumerist) we get, as we go further left, more into the idea that humans are a blank slate upon which society can write what it wants. An idea really not consistent with even the basics of Darwinian evolution (although entirely consistent with Lamarckian which is, as we all know, actually wrong).
As I say, it is an amusement watching this, what people actually do, what they recommend, seems entirely at odds with the stated views they purport to hold on evolution itself.
Pleae note, I do not say that this is an immutable truth, only a tendency.