Several people have emailed to say: was that you on Radio 4 last night? Well, yes, it was. I was responding to some research findings about the role of heredity in school performance from a professor as written up in the media recently, for example at http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8970941/sorry-but-intelligence-really-is-in-the-genes/.
These are the key points I tried to put across in response – all in about 3 minutes of course!
It is no surprise that there is genetically determined variety in the way our minds work, as there is in all other aspects of the human body and appearance, as there is across nature. It is also illuminating to look at ways in which our improving understanding of the human genome can be of use and relevance to the way we educate young people.