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08 Dec 2021
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
It is claimed by some that disadvantaged children lag behind their peers because they have lower intelligence or cognitive abilities. It is even been claimed that there’s nothing that can be done about the attainment gaps because they simply represent the natural variation of intelligence, as illustrated by the famous bell curve.
We argue, with strong evidence, that this view is completely wrong and that it unjustly excuses professionals from their moral responsibility to improve the relative outcomes for poorer children. We show that the evidence tells us that the attainment gaps we witness in our schools are everything to do with environmental, including cultural effects, and nothing to do with any supposed inherent lack of intelligence.
We show that there is something which schools can do – something very simple and something most will not be doing at present – that can have a dramatic effect on the gaps and therefore the opportunities available to poorer children….
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