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Is upbringing the most important factor to teaching?

Upbringing is the most important factor because, through psychology I learned that in the first seven years of life children learn how adults behave and then they imitate them. The first example that comes to my mind is the fact that my parents taught me to always be polite, grateful and careful with others and others property, and that always everything can be recycled. Based on those premises from my early childhood, I behave today and conduct myself accordingly; therefore, I taught my children to recycle and be careful with others' property. My stepson comes from a different environment and he does not have the habit of recycling, and he always takes things that belong to others. Upbringing is a factor that "burns with fire" in us to teach things that we are going to keep in the future. Explain

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Yes, I agree that environment is certainly at least half of what we are, but our gene pool may be as important as our earlier experiences. I've read a number of studies over the years of identical twins, separated at birth, coming together in adulthood and finding that they are more alike than not. I was fascinated to ...

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In a 225 word solution, the response offers another piece of the puzzle about why we are all so different.