In fact this new study doesn’t have a big new insight, but it’s one important enough to repeat: genes have a big influence but that doesn’t mean the environment isn’t important: good genes can give a young child a head start when it comes to learning to read, but it’s not enough to overcome the effects of a poorly rated school.
From the press release:
Those are the findings of Florida State University researchers who looked at whether schools or genetics play a greater role in influencing a child’s ability to read. The research is outlined in a new study published in the journalDevelopmental Science.
The study indicates that while attending a top or “A” school will help a child’s natural intellectual abilities flourish, that same child might falter if he or she attended a school with a lower ranking.
“The letter grade a school receives has such…
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