There’s a vociferous section of British opinion that insists that we must abolish private schools. This is just the rich buying privilege for their offspring. The extra money available for teaching budgets means that these little fauntleroys can lord it over their poorer bretheren in later life just because they passed the exams and thus were able to take that elevator to the top.
The same people who scream this are those who also insist that genes don’t have much to do with success nor intelligence. That it’s difficult to conceive how intelligence first arose if it’s not genetic is not really explained. To think that genes don’t matter in a sexually reproductive species which selects mates by social standing is also a slight flaw. But, OK, the insistence is that we’re all a tablua rasa, written upon by society. It’s our environment, not genes, that make us what we become.
Which is going to make this next finding difficult for them to process, isn’t it?
Sending children to private schools like Eton is a waste of time because academic success is written in the genes meaning youngsters would do just as well at the local comprehensive, a leading scientist has claimed. Robert Plomin, Professor of Behavioural Genetic at King’s College London, said he and his team had spent decades trying to unpick how much of achievement in education was down to nature or nurture. He concluded that 50 per cent of academic success is due to genes, but they are yet to discover what accounts for the other half. What they do now know, however, is it is not due to schooling or upbringing. Studies have shown that adopted twins with the same genetics do just as well academically even if they have had vastly different education or parents. Although selective schools like Eton achieve higher grades, it is the selection process itself which accounts for the difference, and that same cohort would achieve the same marks if sent to a state school, Prof Plomin argues.
So, joy unconfined over in the non-thinking parts of the left. Because we can abolish those private schools, they don’t make any difference anyway. Except the reason we can do so is because it’s not upbringing that matters, but genes. So the same people are going to succeed anyway.
It’s tough to navigate through scientific findings when your basic beliefs about life are wrong, isn’t it?