Re: DSM: Genes and environment (was: About TCS)

Alan Klein (
Sun, 4 Mar 2001 11:43:42 -0500


I agree with you. I think we are saying the same thing. I have no use for
hidden agendas of any kind or for providing some experiences or withholding
others (within the boundaries set up by the SM). Your second paragraph
(quoted below) fleshes out my meaning when I referred to "The Environment


----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Smith" <>
> Call it what you will, "The Environment Factor" sound to me like a
> Wizard-of-Oz "Exposure Principle" (pay no attention to the educator behind
> the curtain!). My point is this: to the extent that adults manipulate
> students' environment, with the intention of providing certain experiences
> and withholding others, to that extent the adults are engaged in the kind
> of exposure that I criticized in my previous post. Students are hardly so
> dull as not to figure out who put out those initial supplies, and they'll
> sniff out a not-so-hidden agenda in a heartbeat. At least with direct
> attempts to expose kids, you avoid those mind games.
> Of course no one could imagine a school starting with nothing but walls,
> ceiling and yard. Of course the founders of every school put considerable
> thought into what the original supplies should be. Again I would refer you
> to my previous post: it's the randomness of those supplies, and not a
> conscious intent to guide and direct, that counts.

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