Pro’s vs Con’s Innate or Learned

| December 22, 2015

Our course textbook describes the case study of Genie. For this week’s discussion, consider this case in light of Genie’s inability, after

being rescued, to fully catch-up to the enormous language growth seen in children her age not tragically isolated as she was, what do you

think this implies about the existence of a sensitive period for language development? Second, let’s talk about the ethics of this

situation. The work with Genie following her rescue from a childhood of brutal deprivation raised controversy regarding whether her best

interests were considered foremost in decisions about who would provide her care. Share you thoughts here about that situation, including

both pros and cons related to the decision about where she would reside.

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