Post Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:21 pm

Is Not Liking School Genetic?

Is Not Liking School Genetic? Study Says Kids Inherit Educational Apathy
by Kevin Mathews

We often put a lot of pressure on teachers to find ways to motivate uninspired students to become more invested in their education. However, a new study indicates that a lot of that motivation may be out of a teacher’s control. In fact, for a lot of students, educational motivation is heavily influenced by genetics.

Through their study, Ohio State researchers were able to attribute 40 to 50 percent of a child’s motivation to genes. Evidently, approximately half of a future students’ love – or apathy – for school is determined at birth.

The study’s 25 authors thought that examining sets of twins would be most appropriate since that would eliminate environmental differences. Because twins live in the same homes, have the same family income, and attend the same schools, it’s easy to make the case that they primarily have the same non-genetic factors influencing their behaviors.

The researchers asked the twins a series of questions about school on an individual basis, and their responses were then compared to their siblings. Next, the researchers broke up the data between fraternal and identical twins. Since identical twins share 100 percent of the same genes compared to just 50 percent for fraternal twins, the researchers could see just how influential a student’s genetic makeup is.

The results were clear: identical twins were significantly more likely to share the educational motivation of their siblings than fraternal twins. Some identical twins were overachievers and some were slackers, but more often than not, identical twins performed similarly in school to their twins. Given that most other factors are the same for twins, this data strongly suggested that genetics play a big role in the attitude students have toward school.

Notably, the same study was conducted in six different countries — that’s 13,000 twins in total — to see if it held up in various parts of the world. Indeed, each country verified that twins who shared the most genes shared the same kind of motivation in school.

The researchers aren’t trying to argue that there’s a specific gene that scientists will be able to identify as the “educational motivation” gene. However, the findings do demonstrate that students’ interest in school is at least significantly influenced by the genes acquired from their parents.

Obviously, this study isn’t meant to discourage teachers from finding ways to motivate their students. After all, if genes are responsible for half of student motivation, that still leaves plenty of room for teachers to inspire kids to become better students anyway. That said, the study does help to explain why some students seem inherently disinterested in the educational process, as well as why some of the usual motivation tricks don’t work on some students. Some students, it seems, are just born that way. ... pathy.html

IMO, hardly surprising. Everything is down to genetics. I was always one of those who lacked motivation.
I hope studies like these will help people and governments realize how diverse people are and focus on giving people better lives instead of just trying to squeeze everyone into the same form.
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