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I went to a talk given to 6th formers by director of education in our county. He is a Doctor (of education or someting like that - but that was his main interest). He says that research has highlighted the fact that kids do better in education if their mum's are an important force in it. It doesn't matter if your dad has qualifications and your mum has none, she is the one who shapes your success in academia.
What is your experience?
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I went to a talk given to 6th formers by director of education in our county. He is a Doctor (of education or someting like that - but that was his main interest). He says that research has highlighted the fact that kids do better in education if their mum's are an important force in it. It doesn't matter if your dad has qualifications and your mum has none, she is the one who shapes your success in academia.
What is your experience?
It could just be related to genetics....
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i would say thats probably true in my experience. my dad doesnt pay a great deal of attention to my educational career, whereas its my mum i always spoke/speak to about alevel choices/university choices/interviews etc. etc. shes the one that pays attention to what im doing and actually knows what my situation is. my dad wouldnt even be able to remember which alevels i did lol.
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It could just be related to genetics....
So you think that females are clever than males? Or just that its down to genes inherited from either mum or dad - in which case why would it be that mums have more influence than dads in academic success according to this man with a doctorate.
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So you think that females are clever than males?
Erm...where and when exactly did I say that?

Anyways, what this 'Doctor' says is his own opinion.
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It could just be related to genetics....
no its down to cultural influences. generally speaking, men concentrate on working hard and women on looking after their children, including their educational welfare.
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My mum is clever, but my dad is cleverer.
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My parents are of pretty similar intelligence, although my mum's slightly more intelligent than my dad.
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My mum is clever, but my dad is cleverer.
Having said that, my mother still has a MA (Cantab).
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Erm...where and when exactly did I say that?

Anyways, what this 'Doctor' says is his own opinion.
You haven't answered my question and your opinion on it is as important as everyone elses - re what you mean by genetics.
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My mum went to uni, and my dad didn't, but that's only because he didn't want to, so therefore it was my mum I talked to about going to uni, and my dad with all my homework up to GCSE, when he didn't understand my subjects anymore, then I was on my own.
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It could just be related to genetics....
It IS related to genetics: boys (XY) can only get their intelligence from their mothers, girls (XX) can get it from both their parents. Intelligence is on X chromosomes.
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It IS related to genetics: boys (XY) can only get their intelligence from their mothers, girls (XX) can get it from both their parents. Intelligence is on X chromosomes.
Theory behind that, please?

Intelligence is controlled by a numer of different genes, and, as Le Chautier says, your parents' intelligence determines your maximum intelligence, but motivation and other factors determine how intelligent you really are.
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It IS related to genetics: boys (XY) can only get their intelligence from their mothers, girls (XX) can get it from both their parents. Intelligence is on X chromosomes.
I do understand the concept of genetics - but I disagree that males can only get their intelligence from their mothers'. Gender is determined by X and Y chromosomes but that is all.
If your theory was correct then fathers are of no consequence in the intelligence of their sons.
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My Dad is very practical, and I usually talk to him more about schooling etc (probably because he only works part time now) but my mum is very intelligent and much more career driven. In that aspect they are quite opposite. My dad isn't thick or anything, but he isn't academic.
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Theory behind that, please?

Intelligence is controlled by a numer of different genes, and, as Le Chautier says, your parents' intelligence determines your maximum intelligence, but motivation and other factors determine how intelligent you really are.
I disagree, you could be incredibly motivated but not intelligent or intelligent but not motivated.
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I disagree, you could be incredibly motivated but not intelligent or intelligent but not motivated.
I know plenty of the latter.
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I disagree, you could be incredibly motivated but not intelligent or intelligent but not motivated.
I think what Tek meant was that intelligence by itself is not the 'be all and end all'. To maximise it you must be motivated and supported.
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I think what Tek meant was that intelligence by itself is not the 'be all and end all'. To maximise it you must be motivated and supported.
Yes, King of Sords, I did mean that. Re read my post.
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Yes, King of Sords, I did mean that. Re read my post.
Well yes there will be some external factors (ie. after birth) that will affect knowledge, etc...but as far as genetics go...what I said was true from what I have heard.
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