No, I didn't say that. It's the conclusion of a sociologist writing for 'Conservative Home' today.
According to Emeritus Professor Saunders:
There is huge political resistance to accepting this, yet we know that cognitive ability, measured by IQ testing, is at least 50 per cent heritable. Recent research also shows that propensity to work hard (measured, for example, by conscientiousness scores on psychometric tests) is quite highly heritable too.
Fifth, unequal educational achievement by children from different social class backgrounds is largely (though not entirely) explained by differences in average ability levels between them. Analyse all the factors that might affect children’s educational performance, and you’ll find that IQ test scores are far stronger predictors than all the social and environmental factors (parental class, parent’s education, parents’ income, parental encouragement, parental interest, enrolment in a private school, etc.) put together. On average, cognitive ability is higher among middle class children than working class children, and that is the main reason they tend to do better in school.
What have people been accusing Labour of? Talking down to the working classes?
But here are the tories being told that the working classes are thick and lazy and there's no point in trying to educate them to a higher standard or push to improve social mobility.
Contemptuous or what?
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