Essay about The Case Of Wild Children

1362 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Often the pursuit of knowledge leaves victims, and in the case of Wild Children, there is always a victim. Genie is only one of about fifty cases of children that due to isolation, are unable to develop speech. Her story is one of tragedy and abuse, from a young age she was abused by her father and neglected by her mother. She was not raised and led to develop in a stable or nurturing environment. Genie was born the fourth child to Irene and Clark, and one of two to survive their abuse. After a life saving blood transfusion left her impaired, her father locked her away in isolation for the entirety of her childhood, but once discovered everything changed. The role of therapist and scientist were twisted in the case of Genie. Upon Discovery she was taken to Children’s Hospital and put under the care of Rigler, Shurley and Butler-Ruch. These people dedicated their time to attempt to discover if the writings of Chomsky are correct in that language is innate. Chomsky believed that language could be learned at any age as it is part of nature and not nurture. He also believed that a child is born with one sentence that they use to learn and create syntax through their development. In the case of Genie she shows the accuracy behind the Behaviorists Theories and that due to the isolation she was unable to imitate words and achieve success by the critical periods for language. A major flaw in the approach to study and help Genie was the fact that those working with her could not…

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