I don't think so. In fact, I think what may happen as often as not is that people decide they will NEVER be like their parents in one way or another, and sometimes those people make it a point to be different from their parents even if/when their parents may have been right in how they handled something or what they thought.
With me, there was a whole lot about both of my parents that I decided to emulate. Then again, there were a few things they did that I decided I'd never do. How it seems to have worked with me is that I assessed each thing they did or were, decided whether or not I was impressed by it, and chose what to emulate and what to do differently.
I think it's important for kids to understand why parents do, are, or think something because too often kids misinterpret motives and reasons parents do, are, or thinking something; and reject solid principles/practices based on not understanding the reasons behind them. Blindly emulating and admiring parents isn't always the best thing either, but I think most people don't do that.
One other thing can happen, though: We get to be a parent and a certain age and have a child of a certain age and - voila - we finally discover why it is our parents did or thought something when we were that age; and we discover that their reasons were solid and our reasons with our own child are the same as theirs once were.