The data mentioned in the Wall Street Journal supports the theory that nature plays a larger portion of behavior than ever thought. DRD4 is the regulatory gene for dopamine, which helps people receive happiness and achievements. There are two different types of people that scientists are determining: the orchids and the dandelions. The orchids are people who do not learn for negativity or distractions and need a warm, structured environment. While the dandelions learn best opposite of an orchid. What does all of this mean? Putting an orchid and a dandelion in the same classroom will not produce the most successful, talented children. A suggestion would be to separate the two types of learners into two classrooms. However when does this all cross the line? If scientists keep determining the different genes that play apart in how humans behave and learn, then how many separate classrooms are going to have to be made? Genetics may play a role in how a person is best able to learn, but for centuries children have been able to adapt to school conditions in order to succeed. Research also needs to be done to determine if having a classroom filled with different types of behavior has any effect on the individual later on in life. Scientists should consider the nurture idea that since current children are growing up having to deal and ‘survive’ with different types of learners that they maybe developing different types of skills that transform them into the future. Should society want to stick with a tradition that has worked to have children learn or will society experiment with schools to find the biggest impact? Only time and sufficient data will be able to answer the question, but in this fast, technological world the question may be answered quicker than one would think.
March 21, 2014