An intriguing study was released this month dealing with the question of nature’s versus nurture’s role in intellectual development.

I learned about it from The Experience To Meaning blog, and you can read a clear analysis of the study at The Atlantic, Poverty’s Role in Intellectual Development.

Here’s a particularly important point the research makes:


One would hope (though I’m not holding my breath), that decision-makers would learn from this that neither a Let Them Eat Character approach nor hammering that education is the solution to poverty and inequality are not going to be enough to assist our low-income communities.

It might be useful to read about another study with somewhat similar implications that was released earlier this year: What Are The School Implications Of New Chetty Study On Geographical Mobility?