Essay: Nature versus nurture
Debate has been ranging since time immemorial on how a child best learns how to cope with life, is it through learning from the environment he is living in or is it through hereditary. In the bible King Solomon says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train the child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” This certainly shows that king Solomon was of the opinion of nurturing. It is through learning that a kid future is shaped since he will certainly remember what he was told as a kid. This is argument is strongly supported by the research on feral children who were raised in extreme isolation.
The best-case scenario is that of two girls, Amala and Kamala, who were brought up by a female wolf. By the time the two girls were captured they were assessed to be eight years and one and half year old. The Singh who helped in their capture said that they possessed “wolfish” appearance and character since they walked on all four limbs. They liked raw meat and licked all liquids with their tongues just as wolves do. After midnight they would not sleep but would howl all the night, when approached they made faces and they hung their tongues out of their and would pant. This is a clear indication that a child becomes what he or she learns in the environment (McCrone n.d available online)