Guardian reports that school achievement is genetic!

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?

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The Guardian reports:

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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12 Responses to Guardian reports that school achievement is genetic!

  1. Denise says:

    This is very exciting new – but the Mutli Culti apparatus is deeply embedded. They are going to go quietly.

  2. Paladin Justice says:

    “Can we start applying this to educational policy now, and stop wasting money trying to turn sows’ ears into silk purses?”
    No, we can’t apply this, which everyone has known forever anyway, because if we were to apply it, the entire culture of egalitarianism would start to crumble and quickly fail. Thus, billions more must be dumped into the black hole of Head Start and similar garbage policies.

    • tteclod says:

      Generally I agree with ya’ll, but if a kid’s at genetic disadvantage, physically develops early compared to the overall population, and can benefit from a “head start,” wouldn’t it be wise to provide that extra boost, which seems – from data I’ve read _ to improve high school performance, so these kids, when adults, aren’t so incapable of surviving a modern society that we’re hopelessly saddled with their support? File under: “Alright, Africans are dumber, on average. Now what?”

      As for the general discussion of competence being genetic, again, now what? Most of us have known this for some time. Deep down, I think the liberals get it, too. So, how do we protect and encourage breeding of the good genetic stock while simultaneously identifying the best diamonds in the rough and shielding such men and women from liberal stupidity, e.g. William Jefferson Clinton, and damning the fools, e.g. Nancy Pelosi?

      • mindweapon says:

        Eugenics is now what.

      • Maureen Martin, Aryan Street says:

        Deportation might be another answer. It is cruel to expect and even encourage Blacks to to compete with us. When SHTF they are going to be in a world of hurt.

      • Mr. Rational says:

        Liberia has been waiting for them for two centuries, perhaps they need a bit more encouragement.

        Elect me to the Senate and I will be more than happy to make special terms for welfare benefits for people who are eligible for citizenship in other countries (like Liberia or Mexico), or were at the time of introduction of the bill. They would be available to criminals and the chronically dysfunctional ONLY if they are picked up in person at satellite offices in those countries.

        Given how many of NAMs rely on welfare benefits to survive and who are either eligible for citizenship elsewhere or whose support is eagerly sought by their countries of ethnic origin, we’d clear out tens of millions of them overnight.

      • Denise says:

        Pelosi’s a Crypto Jew.

      • tteclod says:

        If Pelosi was a Jew, I’d expect her to be smarter, hence my remark regarding thinning the herd. Sometimes I wonder if cuckolding happens more often than we all expect.

      • Anon says:

        “Now what?” – For starters, disparate impact is gone. Regardless of any move to genuinely improve education for those who are less capable, fixing that particular problem solves a great many issues.

  3. Jon says:

    It’s stupid to give relative numbers for genes and environment, imo.

    Intuitively, I think it works like this: an absolute ceiling is inherited and environment’s effects only either support reaching genetic potential (and an hyper-supportive (and increasingly costly per IQ point gained) environment could squeeze the last bit of possible performance out of a person) or lower ability to reach it (extreme example of the latter, a bullet to the brain would tend to lower a genius’ IQ to 0). Environmental intervention to make a Max Planck or Nikola Tesla of the latest in a long line of dullards ain’t going to happen (neurotropic and neurotrophic drugs and gene therapy might be able to work miracles but such increases in intelligence would likely be relative to the starting point).

    • Jon says:

      Okay, I misspoke to say “stupid” but definitely it’s misleading to attribute a percentage of intelligence or test results as “due to environment”. To put it that way implies that environment can overcome genetic heritage where it certainly can’t and ignores that the more native intelligence a being has, the more it can control and alter its environment.

  4. TabuLa Raza says:

    The book The Blank Slate (2002) claims the effects of home environment are 0 to 10 percent, and he’s being generous about the 10 percent. Studies of identical twins, separated early in life [raised in different environments] scream HEREDITY!

    Head start and junk like that show some gains in childhood- which completely evaporate by adulthood.

    Heredity versus environment- results are in, genes win by 20 lengths.

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