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Academic success is in your genes

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"Sending children to private schools like Eton is a waste of time because academic success is written in the genes meaning youngsters would do just as well at the local comprehensive, a leading scientist has claimed.

"Robert Plomin, Professor of Behavioural Genetics at King’s College London, said he and his team had spent decades trying to unpick how much of achievement in education was down to nature or nurture.

"He concluded that 50 per cent of academic success is due to genes, but they are yet to discover what accounts for the other half. What they do now know, however, is it is not due to schooling or upbringing."

Article at the UK Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/02/no-point-sending-children-eton-education-genes-says-geneticist/

At the New Scientist: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24232310-800-the-parenting-myth-how-kids-are-raised-matters-less-than-you-think/

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These are results that correspond to my observations and considerations over the years. A large part of academic and intellectual success is genetic.

It is interesting but also impacts social thinking and policy. It pushes against ideas like income gaps and racial disproportions being the result of 'bad-evil society'. It argues that some differences are just part of the natural human world and nothing to blame others about. 

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Funny I just read this this morning. Kinda makes me think its not the genes that are important as much as the jeans one can afford.....terrible pun


7 out of 10 wealthy kindergarten students with low test scores were affluent by age 25, study finds


It’s better to be born rich than smart.

That’s the sobering takeaway of a new national study released by Georgetown University on Wednesday that suggests a child's success in life is shaped less by their innate talents and more by their social standing and life circumstances from birth to early adulthood.


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