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A New Study Suggested that DNA-Based Curriculum Is Possible

DNA-based curriculum
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First came social virtual tools that made learning instantaneous. Now with scientific advances, a relatively new field of study focused on the complete set of genes in organisms may lead to a personalized educational curriculum development based on DNA.

Yes, Virginia, a modern-day curriculum tailor-made to an individual’s genetic learning style does not seem that distant anymore.

By closely looking at how DNA variants contribute to traits related to education, like reacting, memory skill, and so on, a student’s unique learning style can be assessed. Imagining what tomorrow’s educational landscape can offer certainly gives today’s mentors and key decision-makers fresh perspectives on how to address modern-day¬†challenges in educating youngsters.

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The use of genetic information for identifying which DNA variants are inclined towards mathematical or reading abilities, or other skill sets, was underscored by Darya Gaysina, a University of Sussex lecturer on psychology.

Gaysina, who also heads the EDGE Lab, cited the importance of considering the individual needs of learners who must be allowed to learn at their pace. That is nothing new, though. Studies aimed at determining gaps in learning and then tailoring the teaching material to address those skill gaps have been done before.

The novel element is the use of the study of the genome to better predict the competencies of gifts and skills of learners. Once identified, those skill sets and strong interests can then be nurtured through personalized classroom learning.

It is a complete departure from educating youngsters or from oneself with the end in view of fitting the prescribed mold and qualifications for jobs. With a DNA-based curriculum, those learners’ interests and capacities are considered beforehand and thereafter honed.

The researcher said that one of the challenges is to make sure that educational institutions do not become too rigid such that they prevent students from exploring subjects they were not hardwired to excel at based on their DNA profile.

It is certainly high time students are not penalized for not fitting into a traditionally prescribed educational mold. Big science will help us to answer big questions, not only about the future of learning, but about life on earth.

With DNA-based educational curriculum development, positive effects on brain and behavior across the key stages in a person’s life may result. It may also set up individuals for success.

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