Speaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) – an association of elite independent schools – Professor Robert Plomin said genotyping could be used to create “polygenic” scores that enabled personalised learning for pupils. Tes reports.
“You will have parents coming to you saying, ‘My kid has a strong genetic profile for reading disability and needs special services’, or for academic attainment …you can make these predictions at birth because your DNA doesn’t change throughout your life. So this is a very big deal, and it’s happening now,” Professor Plomin said.
The academic who has argued that intelligence is based on genetic heritability in his book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are, said that the idea of social mobility was possibly in conflict with the notion of genetically inherited intelligence.
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