Genetics: genetic predisposition makes girls or nboys good at maths.
The money poured into education to encourage girls and more boys to study maths and science could be a waste. Research on twins shows that numerical aptitude is 75 per cent genetic. Either both twin children are good at dealing with numbers or both are not. There is also a 50 per cent genetic predilection for writing skills.
Despite parents helping their children with homework and the like, it had little influence on academic achievement. Furthermore, teachers and the schools attended whether private or public had no impact. Children took to maths or English according to their genetic makeup.
It is not clear if teachers are evenly well trained so students are benefiting evenly across the nation. However, this is clutching at straws. We all remember the lazy, bad teachers who threw a chapter of a book at use to scribble the lesson away while he/she played around at the desk or in the book cupboard. It really seems that teachers have no effect on teaching per se in regard to student outcomes.
◆ Genetics by Ty Buchanan ◆
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