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Australian gov study cites genes as a leading factor for performance disparity in students


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From News.com.au…

In a controversial new report released today, the Productivity Commission cites “parents’ cognitive abilities and inherited genes” as one of five main reasons why kids from low-income families lag behind those from wealthy homes.

Genes are listed before access to books and computers, parental attention and aspirations, and even schools.

In a section entitled “inherited abilities”, the 246-page staff working paper states that “one explanation for differences in educational attainment between children of low and high socio-economic backgrounds is parents’ cognitive abilities and inherited genes”.

“Evidence is now emerging that the same genetic endowment can result in different outcomes depending on the environment”.
The Productivity Commission notes that Australia has one of the highest rates of joblessness among families in the developed world, with nearly one in five families unemployed.

It cites two research studies showing that unemployed parents have “poorer parenting skills”, with their children 13.4 per cent more likely to lie or fight, and 7.6 per cent more likely to be bullied.

The Productivity Commission also links learning success to “character traits such as perseverance, motivation and self-esteem”.

The report on “Deep and Persistent Disadvantage in Australia”, made public today, says poor children are “behind the eight-ball” when they start school and the gap widens as they grow older.