Did Bell Believe Parenting Had an Equal or Greater Impact on Society Than Genetics?

Yes. In a 1908 article for National Geographic Magazine titled A Few Thoughts Concerning Eugenics, Bell endorses the idea that society should “Throw wide the gates of marriage, and where children are produced, close tight the doors of divorce. Every child is entitled by nature to a father and a mother; and no people should produce children who are not prepared to give them parental care for life. Without going to extremes, I would say that the interest of the community demand the we should make marriage easy and divorce difficult.”

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