Another Ethics Dark Zone? Choosing a Child’s Sport by Science

2 12 2008

It must be Ethics for Evolved Homeschoolers week — we seem to be discussing all sorts of issues that involve undue influence over other people’s choices and life and death, not just family inculcation of their own kids a la Rob Reich and his theory of “ethical servility” but conflicting and ethically challenged influence from school and church, politics, corporate sales, even from military recruiters popping out during holiday shopping at the mall.

But this is a whole new one on me. The NYT story is slugged, “Born to Run.”

Guess I’ll file this under “School Is To Sports” and “Research-Science.”

DNA collected by swabbing the inside of a cheek can be used to determine whether a child is likely to excel at a particular sport. PHOTO by Juliet Macur

DNA collected by swabbing the inside of a cheek can be used to determine whether a child is likely to excel at a particular sport. PHOTO by Juliet Macur

p.s. Glenn Beck’s substitute host was ranting about Atlas Sports Genetics on my car radio this morning. He sounded like some grouchy anti-intellectual grandpa saying it wasn’t natural to want any genetic information about yourself or your kids, and it wasn’t possible such knowledge could help your child have more and better choices. It was like he thought it was either-or, so that once you get this information, it closes down possibilities rather than opening them up.

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