Michael Gove held talks with a leading scientist who believes that genetics, not teaching, plays a major part in the intelligence of schoolchildren, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
That seems like a useful belief to have. Given that we usually define intelligence as that innate thing which is then educable.
Mr Gove’s policy adviser, Dominic Cummings, provoked outcry yesterday when it emerged he had backed Professor Plomin’s research that genes accounted for up to 70 per cent of a child’s cognitive abilities.
Outcry? What? For the various twins studies do show something along those lines. Intelligence is heritable: we wouldn’t be the human race if that were not true.
Note that saying that something is heritable does not at all mean that it is entirely or only so. But it is indeed heritable as is blond hair and blue yes. So why outrage?
The research is contentious because ministers and educationalists have long believed that any child, from whatever background, can achieve the highest academic ability.
You what? You mean the education system is based on a simple lie about the nature of human beings? No wonder it’s entirely fucked then, eh?