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Child Study Reprints: The History of Twins


by Francis Galton - 1901

HEREDITY AND ENVIRONMENT The great importance to educational theory of knowledge concerning the relative influence of what our natures are at birth and what our education is afterward contrasts with its small amount. How far our course in life is determined for us before we start by the organizations we are born with is one of the first problems of educational theory, a problem concerning which speculation and opinion too often run riot. One of the few really earnest and hopeful attempts to answer this question is Mr. Francis Galton's "Study of Twins," an account of which is found in his Inquiries into Human Faculty (London, 1883) and which is here reprinted in full. This study is very valuable, and, unfortunately, very inaccessible; it may also serve as a sample of the careful investigation of the fundamental laws of mental inheritance for which educational science owes Galton a great debt; it will do its best service if it introduces the reader to the general treatises on heredity of Galton and Karl Pearson or induces him to collect data concerning heredity from his own neighborhood.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 2 Number 3, 1901, p. 260-274
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9723, Date Accessed: 1/18/2020 4:04:54 PM

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