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Genes, Brains, and Human PotentialThe Science and Ideology of Intelligence$
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Ken Richardson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178426

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178426.001.0001

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The Problems of Education are not Genetic

The Problems of Education are not Genetic

(p.320) 11 The Problems of Education are not Genetic
Genes, Brains, and Human Potential

Ken Richardson

Columbia University Press

Chapter 11 brings a similar perspective to bear on schooling and education. It explains how what is defined as ability in schools consists largely of (a) informal attributions based on social class background that, in schools, become self-fulfilling; and (b) the consequences of a curriculum of largely irrelevant learning demanding doggedness and persistence, themselves based on class background. The chapter discusses evidence and consequences of this and shows how a mythological meritocracy continues across generations. The chapter also discusses some possible alternatives for providing “real” education.

Keywords:   expectancies, “bright”, curriculum, predictabilities, alternative education

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