DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one

Antonio Regalado, MIT Technology Review, Apr 09, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is another one of those education technologies where we might want to review the ethical implications before launching widespread deployment. According to this report, " we can now read the DNA of a young child and get a notion of how intelligent he or she will be." Allow me to say, "oh my gosh what a bad idea!" We don't even know whether IQ is relevant, now we're trying to predict it using possible specious correlations? Anyhow, the story continues, "Plomin outlined the DNA IQ test scenario in January in a paper titled The New Genetics of Intelligence, making a case that parents will use direct-to-consumer tests to predict kids’ mental abilities and make schooling choices, a concept he calls precision education."

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