We don’t need to know the genetic analysis of students. We need better teachers.

Robert Plomin is a psychologist of international repute who’s most recent work shows that genes matter a lot for learning, accounting for 58% of variation in exam results.

Plomin and his co-author Kathryn Asbury argued in their recent book, G is for Genes, that our increasing understanding of genetics will enable us to tailor teaching to individual needs.

However, and this is where I part company from Plomin and many others keen to discern the genetic basis of human variation, you don’t need genetics to tell you that some children learn better if instructions are visual and others if they are auditory. What you need are good teachers who respond to the needs of each learner.

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