Parental Genes May Influence Child’s Educational Attainments
In a research conducted by the University College London, Kings College, and the Universities of Leicester, Bristol, and Oslo, they found out that a parent’s genes can influence a child’s educational success, inherited or not. The research discovered that genetic nurture has a significant effect on a child's educational achievement. The effects were mainly down to their parents' education and how it influences the environment they provide. It also found that fathers and mothers had similar genetic nurture effects, suggesting both parents are equally important in shaping and fostering an environment favourable for a child's learning. This study illustrates how complex the relationship between genes and the environment is. Although the study uses genetic methods, it provides strong evidence that, as well as genetics, the environment really matters when we talk about education.
Parent genes that aren't directly inherited, yet have still shaped parents' own education levels and subsequently influenced the lifestyle and family environment they provide for their children, are also important and can affect how well a person does at school and beyond. Mothers and fathers each pass on half of their genes to their children, and although the other half of their genes are not passed on, they continue to influence the parents' traits and ultimately influence the traits in their children. For example, parents with a higher genetic propensity for learning may have a greater interest in activities such as reading that, in turn, nurture learning in their offspring.