Is Academic Achievement All In The Genes?
My latest Time.com column is about what we should make of the discovery of genes linked to doing well in school:
“Earlier this month, researcher Kevin Beaver of Florida State University reported that he and his co-authors had identified genetic markers associated with academic achievement. In their study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, the scientists found that young people who possessed particular versions of three genes were more likely to finish high school and go on to college than those who carried other forms of the genes.
The genes in question — DAT1, DRD2 and DRD4 — are involved in regulating the action of dopamine in the brain, and have been linked in other studies to levels of motivation, attention and intelligence.The notion that how well we learn is influenced considerably by our genes has gone from being ‘taboo,’ Beaver writes, to achieving something like ‘common acceptance.’”
Read more here, and let me know what you think.