Thursday, 12 December 2013

Genetic differences account for 58% of the differences between pupils' exam scores

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An interesting item in today's Independent reveals what the journalist calls 'a bombshell conclusion.'


Researchers from King's College London found that genetic differences account for 58 per cent of the differences between pupils' GCSE exam scores - while environment (home or school) only accounted for 29 per cent.

I would have thought it was no surprise - and only a bombshell to people who have not thought about how much they and their family owe to genes. It has of course great implications for education, psychology and politics but these implications are unwelcome to opinion-formers.

I wrote a little about this here

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