Three genes determine your child’s academic achievement

11 October 2012

Kevin Beaver of Florida State University has identified that three genes DAT1, DRD2 and DRD4 predict levels of academic achievement. So does this mean that we are soon to be condemned to a world in which our lives are determined at birth, populated by genetic elites and a DNA underclass? The vision of our future depicted in the 1997 film Gattaca (pictured) highlights the age old struggle between nature and nurture, predetermined potential and the benefits and disadvantages afforded to us by our environment. The 1994 book “The Bell Curve” argues for accepting the determinist view and abandoning children with the wrong genetic makeup. Later studies, such as that by Eric Turkheimer, identified that the environment plays a huge role in I.Q. development and that in poorer households in the US those children with the right genes failed to achieve academic success. However, this ongoing debate is incapable of being resolved, despite the attention lavished upon it from both sides.

Read the original article in the Huffington Post here

Read After the Bell Curve in The New York Times here