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We can’t use genetics to predict how well children will do at school


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We can’t use genetics to predict how well children will do at school

Humans 10 January 2020 By Michael Le Page Genetic tests can’t predict how youngsters will perform in exams Image Source/Alamy Stock PhotoGenetic testing cannot tell teachers anything useful about an individual pupil’s educational attainment, as some are claiming. That is the conclusion of a study that looked at how well so-called polygenic scores for education…

We can’t use genetics to predict how well children will do at school


Humans



10 January 2020

By Michael Le Page

teenagers getting exam results

Genetic tests can’t predict how youngsters will perform in exams

Image Source/Alamy Stock Photo

Genetic testing cannot tell teachers anything useful about an individual pupil’s educational attainment, as some are claiming. That is the conclusion of a study that looked at how well so-called polygenic scores for education predict a person’s educational achievements, based on a long-term study of thousands of people in the UK.

“Some people with a very low genetic score are very high performers at age 16. Some are even in the top 3 per cent,” says Tim Morris at the University of Bristol, UK. “You …

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