Education doesn’t increase intelligence

Education does not increase your intelligence.  It’s the other way around.

A subcategory of the last common misconception about intelligence (“Genes don’t determine intelligence, only the environment does”) is that you can become more intelligent, by reading more books, attending better schools, or receiving more education.

[C]ontrary to the popular misconception, genes largely (though, even for adults, never completely) determine intelligence.  In fact, intelligence is one of the most heritable of all human traits and characteristics.  For example, intelligence is just as heritable as height.  Everybody knows that tall parents beget tall children, and nobody ever questions the strong influence of genes on height, yet they vehemently deny any influence of genes on intelligence.  Nobody ever claims that playing basketball makes you taller just because basketball players are very tall.  Yet they claim that education makes you more intelligent just because more educated people are more intelligent.

View the original article here: Common Misconceptions About Intelligence V: Education Increases Intelligence

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