discuss nature versus nurture. Our environment is very important in the development of who we are. We are born with capabilities based on our genetics, such as how athletic we are or how intelligent we are. However, it is not just our genetics that tell us who we are. Our environment (parents, school, siblings, friends, culture, neighborhood, etc.) also has a role in our development. Let’s discuss an example. Say a child is raised in a poor family where none of his family members or members in his community ever finished high school. His parents don’t seem to care about his schooling. His school isn’t as nice as a school in a wealthy neighborhood, and they don’t encourage their students to go to college. This child is smart and capable of challenging academic work, but do you think it is likely this child will finish high school and attend college? How much will his environment determine if he will pursue a decent education?