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IQ and Class in the Classroom

Student union rejects academic's IQ claims | higher news | EducationGuardian.co.uk
Elite universities are failing to recruit working-class students because IQ is, on average, determined by social class, according to an academic.

Bruce Charlton, a reader in evolutionary psychiatry at Newcastle University, claims that the greater proportion of students from higher social classes at highly selective universities is not a sign of admissions prejudice but rather the result of simple meritocracy.

Student union leaders responded angrily to his claim, which was also dismissed by a minister.

I haven't seen his paper, or the report of it in the Times Higher Education, and I guess neither have the rent a quote Gemma Tumelty, NUS president, or Bill Rammell, the higher education minister. As with most of the education debate in this country they prefer to stick their fingers in their ears and chant "nah, nah, nah we can't hear you" when anything that disagrees with their cosy view of how the world should be is threaten by a report of how the world actually is.


I fail to see how IQ can be affected by social class after all it's a factor of intelligence. I'm prepared to be wrong of course, however I'd assume that people who enjoy a more privileged upbringing will do better simply because their parents have more resources to spare to educate their kids.

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