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Toby Young
Friday 6th April 2018

Genetics and the truth about private schools


A paper published last week in an academic journal called npj Science of Learning attracted an unusual amount of press attention. It looked at the GCSE results of 4,814 students at three different types of school — comprehensives, private schools and grammars — and found that once you factor in IQ, prior attainment, parental socio-economic status and a range of genetic markers, the type of school has virtually no effect on academic attainment. Less than 1 per cent of the variance in these children’s GCSE results was due to school type.

I should declare an interest, since I was one of several co-authors, along with the distinguished behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin — who first announced his findings about the heritability of GCSE results in The Spectator in 2013 — although I had a very minor role. The researcher who deserves the lion’s share of the credit is Emily Smith-Woolley. (To read more, click here.)

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Re: Genetics and the truth about private schools
Posted by jorge rafael videla on 20-04-2018 00:25:

i think you meant "duh troof".

you're either retarded or a fraud.

that paper was a joke.



Re: Genetics and the truth about private schools
Posted by jorge rafael videla on 20-04-2018 00:26:

professors of behavioral genetics are NOT "geneticists".

your prole background is showing toby. sad!



Re: Genetics and the truth about private schools
Posted by jorge rafael videla (BGI volunteer) on 20-04-2018 00:28:

<i>Less than 1 per cent of the variance in these children’s GCSE results was due to school type.</i>

now why don't you use your oxford and harvard education in analytic philosophy to analyze what you yorself mean by "was due to".

I DARE YOU!



Re: Genetics and the truth about private schools
Posted by jorge rafael videla (BGI volunteer) on 20-04-2018 00:31:

if you can you'll find that this paper says nothing about reality.

it's a tautology.

but as long as you hold to the individualist ideology, not knowing what you know...

you will never understand.



Re: Genetics and the truth about private schools
Posted by your lack of academics is showing on 23-04-2018 10:09:

Last November I wrote a blog post for the education charity Teach First in which I pointed out that general cognitive ability is the best predictor of how well children do in their GCSEs, with differences in IQ accounting for more than half the variance and differences between schools
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Toby,
to some degree the GCSEs are an IQ-Test. So if one IQ tests gives the same results as another IQ test then this means that two IQ tests give the same results.
IQ develops partly in lessons by working on tasks similar to the GCSE-tasks. Of course, who is good at GCSE-like tasks will do well in GCSE-exams or in IQ tests.

You would have to factor out exam preparation from IQ tests in order to prove what you want to prove. Otherwise it is just tautological.






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