The left wing British paper “The Guardian” inexplicably kicks out a cornerstone of the Berlin Wall of Multicult/Equaity/Diversity in reporting that genes determine over 50% of academic achievement. Can we start applying this to educational policy now, and stop wasting money trying to turn sows’ ears into silk purses?
Differences in children’s exam results at secondary school owe more to genetics than teachers, schools or the family environment, according to a study published yesterday.
The research drew on the exam scores of more than 11,000 16-year-olds who sat GCSEs at the end of their secondary school education. In the compulsory core subjects of English, maths and science, genetics accounted for on average 58% of the differences in scores that children achieved.
Grades in the sciences, such as physics, biology and chemistry, were more heritable than those in humanities subjects, such as art and music, at 58% and 42% respectively.
Yes, the same thing that Arthur Jensen researched in the 1960s, educational results are mostly about genetic IQ. But it’s interesting to learn definitively that art and music are less g-loaded than physics, biology and chemistry.
There’s also a good quote by Robert Plomin:
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