Winning students are often dressed in better genes

Winning students are often dressed in better genes, by Kevin Donnelly.

Read the 2011 Gonski school funding report and research commissioned by the Australian Education Union and it’s clear what leads to some students outperforming others and why Catholic and independent schools, on the whole, achieve stronger academic results compared with government schools.

The argument is that a student’s socio-economic status (SES) as measured by parental qualifications, occupation and income determines educational success and failure. Students whose parents are professionals earning a high income achieve success whereas students from poor households with less educated parents suffer disadvantage.  …

If performance differences really were due to socio-economic status, government money could overcome it. But many decades and trillions of dollars here and around the world show it cannot. Everyone knows the real answer; it’s just anti-PC to mention it.

Evidence-based research proves that while home background is influential, its impact is only moderate. It’s wrong for Gonski and the AEU to argue postcode is destiny and, as a result, Catholic and independent schools should lose funding as government schools are more deserving.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development research has found only “14 per cent of the differences in student reading performance within each country is associated with differences in ­students’ socio-economic background”. …

The research is … clear. The consensus based on studies both here and overseas is that a student’s cognitive ability and genetic make-up are far more influential than SES.

Australian researchers analysing the relative impact of genes and environment on students’ performance in the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy tests conclude “genes substantially and significantly influence both reading and maths ability”.

The authors go on to note: “With very few exceptions, genes explain more of the variation in academic achievement in Australia than the environment.” The ­observation is also made that the Australian results reflect similar results from studies in the UK. …

Duh. SES is just a PC fantasy:

While the belief that educational outcomes are ­decided by socio-economic status fits the cultural-left narrative of privilege and victimhood, it is a myth.

An expensive myth, because the left keep wasting money trying to prove it true.

hat-tip Stephen Neil