Do Children Just Take Their Parents Political Beliefs?

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In her article, “Do Children Just Take Their Parents ' Political Beliefs? It 's Not That Simple,” Erika Patterson states “Many parents try to instruct their children and impart their views.” How do parents influence their children’s political mind? In the realm of science, parents are responsible for passing on political genes to their children. Parents either make their children a carbon copy of themselves or make them who they wish they were. Most of the time, they limit their children’s experiences based on their own political views. Once parents alienate their children’s unique or different view, they are also distorting what could become a different and original personality. As they teach their children to think the same way they did, …show more content…
Science is all about building knowledge through testable explanations, in this case: the explanation of chromosomes and genes. There are 46 chromosomes total, 23 pairs. Each member of a pair is inherited from each parent. The same genetic information is passed on and on to all new cells in the developing child, as the chromosomes duplicate themselves. The child may look more like one parent than the other, but the same traits they get from the parents is what lets generations repeat with the same outcomes. A child becomes a blend of both of his or her parents’ characteristics. These characteristics and traits include the parents’ perspectives of politics. As a child grows, with the same personality trait of his or her parents, he or she starts believing that the party affiliation their parents belong to, is certainly the one that they should belong to as well. The genetic background that a child grows up with lets the child adapt to the society’s beliefs and political perspectives. One may be Democratic, Republican, or Independent, depending on what they choose. Most children grow up to belong to the party that their parents identify with, partly because of scientific chromosomal explanations mentioned …show more content…
“Children will imitate their parents’ behaviors and attitudes – whether parents want them to or not.” In the experiment, “Bobo Doll of 1961,” Albert Bandura, a Stanford professor, wanted to know the interaction between children and others, with the influence of their parents. He came to a conclusion that adults model the manner used by children. Parents either want their kids to be the people they wish they were or exact copies of them. When a child is instructed to become a “carbon copy” of his or her parents, he or she will have no choice but to follow the pattern of beliefs that has been carried on and on over generations. For instance, two parents, Ryan Russon and Coral Springs, are training their two children, Maxwell (age: 8) and Anna (age: 6) to become liberals and atheists. Furthermore, training the children’s minds to believe that becoming liberals and atheists is the only choice available to them, is when they are not exposed to different political parties and religions too. For example, Maxwell and Anna’s parents do not take them to Wal-Mart just because the father believes that the owners are “goose-stepping Nazis.” By not letting their children be exposed to new affiliations, Russon and Springs are restricting and limiting how many new political ideas their children could learn and follow. However, on the other hand,

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