Eugenics, Race and Intelligence in Education

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Bloomsbury, Jul 7, 2009 - Education - 192 pages
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For over a hundred years, psychologists and human biologists have been engaged in an often heated debate as to whether 'heredity' or 'environment' should be viewed as the determining factor in the creation of the human personality. For teachers and educationists, the discussion has tended to focus on how the human mind functions and intellectual powers develop. The controversy is often simply expressed in terms of 'nature' versus 'nurture,' with some scientists declaring that human beings are a product of a transaction between the two. To many, such enquiry and speculation is little more than futile and depressing. Yet it can surely be argued that at least with regard to the development of abilities, the 'nature' versus 'nurture' debate has had dire consequences for the education of millions of young people. Furthermore, we need to question why this debate has been pursued with such vigour in both Britain and America.

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Has a useful summary of changes to english state education in the 20th century. Its outright rejection of the validity of IQ as a measure is to be admired. Overall tone is much too soft on 'old Labour ... Read full review

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Clyde Chitty is Professor of Policy and Management in Education and Joint Head of the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London, UK Tony Benn, born in London in 1925, is a former cabinet minister and Chairman of the Labour Party. He served as an MP for over fifty years and is the author of fifteen books, including his published diaries covering the period 1940 2001.

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