Scientists Seek Genetic Data to Personalize Education

Ben Williamson, DML Central, Jun 21, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This strikes me as a really bad idea, but I present it here so readers can judge for themselves. That said, as the article notes, "It raises significant concerns about biological discrimination and rekindles long debates about eugenics and the genetic inheritance of intelligence." The idea is that "educational genomics seeks to unpack the genetic factors involved in individual differences in learning ability, behavior, motivation, and achievement." The problem, as I see it, is that none of these are genetically based, and further, "the new geneism" may well be just another attempt to import bias and prejudice into the system. However, "the concept of “precision education” has begun to circulate among scientists who engage with psychology, neuroscience and genomics to understand learning processes."

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