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Nature vs. Nurture Programme on R4

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Morninglover, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter


    Interview with Prof Robert Plomin - expert on the genetics of interlligence:

    Professor Robert Plomin talks to Jim Al-Khalili about what makes some people smarter than others and why he's fed up with the genetics of intelligence being ignored. Born and raised in Chicago, Robert satcountless intelligence tests at his inner city Catholic school. College was an attractive option mainly because it seemed to pay well. Now he's one of the most cited psychologists in the world. He specialized in behavioural genetics in the mid seventies when the focus in mainstream psychology was very much on our nurture rather than our nature, and genetics was virtually taboo. But he persisted, conducting several large adoption studies and later twin studies. In 1995 he launched the biggest longitudinal twin study in the UK, the TED study of ten thousand pairs of twins which continues to this day. In this study and in his other work, he's shown consistently that genetic influences on intelligence are highly significant, much more so than what school you go to, your teachers or home environment. If only the genetic differences between children were fully acknowledged, he believes education could be transformed and parents might stop giving themselves such a hard time.

    Required listening for OfSTED, perhaps?
    monicabilongame likes this.
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Thanks for this. I like shouting at Plomin.
  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I see you beat me to it, FF. I just popped in to post a heads up to this programme after having listened to it. Some very interesting points to consider, particularly his points about right and left political interpretations and policy.

    Recommended listening.
  4. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

  5. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Education can still potentially play a huge part in transforming the way a person thinks and the skills they develop.
    needabreak likes this.
  6. T34

    T34 Lead commenter

    This is a taboo subject since WW2
    As soon as you admit genetic differences in intelligence you are admitting differences in racial propensities, leading to racism, ethnic cleansing, pogroms and the like.
    Probably best to leave it unexplored.

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