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Children’s Genes Decide the Effectiveness of Education

A new research conducted at the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) suggests that the genetic factor of the students partly influences the effectiveness of the schools.

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The basic assumption is that the effectiveness of the school can be assessed through the students’ performance over time. The school’s atmosphere also plays a vital role in the improvement of the student. This study used the data of the performance at school from 4000 twin pairs. The researchers feel that the school environment alone does not measure the quality of the school. The genetic factors of the students also have strong influence.

According to Dr. Claire Hawroth, lead author of the study and a lecturer at King’s IoP, feels that the environmental factors along with the genetic factors are important in deciding the effectiveness of the school. The students do bring with themselves the characteristics that will decide how well they will make the most of the quality provided to them.

In a classroom all the students are taught by the same teacher. But some students improve while the others do not, even when the educational experience of all the students is the same.

Children should not be taken as passive recipients of education. In fact, they actively select, modify and then create their own knowledge based on their genetic propensities. Thus, the education needs to be personalized according to the individual child’s strengths and weaknesses. Further studies will aim to find out the characteristics which allow the child to gain more from the education.

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