intelligence is hereditary
Can you enlighten us with the specific genes pertaining to intelligence then please?
I ask you the same question. We know height is hereditary, eye color is hereditary, etc... What is so special about intelligence that
it doesn't have a genetic component. We KNOW it has a genetic component. We have tried and failed to raise chimps as humans.
They lack the capacity. It's a fact that the average IQ of the parents of smart kids is higher than the average IQ of parents of dumb kids.
How much is nature vs nurture is up for debate but it's pretty well assumed that it's a combination of both and as far as this article
goes, it really doesn't matter whether it is nature vs nurture that gives the kid the edge, the fact is that more children of smart parents
are getting into a program designed for smart kids because they are smarter. Whether other kids are being over looked which have latent
unrecognized potential is the only thing up for debate here.
On another note, the gifted programs in the US were started to address the problem of smart kids getting "bored" with regular school and
therefore struggling. In my opinion, it doesn't really give them an edge but rather helps them channel that extra energy somewhere.
My guess is that many of the poor kids who are accidentally getting skipped over probably have other places to channel that energy.