Blame genes if your kid does not enjoy school

The study of more than 13,000 twins from six countries found that 40 to 50 percent of the differences in children’s motivation to learn could be explained by their genetic inheritance from their parents.

“We found that there are personality differences that people inherit that have a major impact on motivation. That does not mean we do not try to encourage and inspire students, but we have to deal with the reality of why they’re different,” said study co-author Stephen Petrill, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University.

The researchers thought that the children’s shared environment — such as the family and teachers that they had in common — would be a larger factor than genetics.