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Controversial study claims better-looking kids get better grades

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The better looking the high school student, the better their chances are of going to college, so states Rachel Gordon of the University of Illinois, Chicago, who claims that “the attractive do have a GPA advantage over the average.”

He conclusions come on the heels if data amassed from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent health, which began following approximately 9,000 teens throughout the country during the 1994-1995 school year, then checked on them from time to time in their 20’s and 30’s. During that time the researchers observed their appearances as well as the marks they received in class.

However, they failed to determine whether their academic successes were the result of favoritism by teachers, or whether their self-confidence made them perform better academically, as opposed to students “on the ugly side, who felt more depressed and had fewer friends throughout their lives than average looking people,” study interviewers noted.

They also failed to state whether some good-looking kids got better grades because they were able to "con" nerdier kids into doing their homework for them. Nor was their any mention of actual intelligence among individuals.

Still, Gordon’s team did find some negative impacts to “being attractive,” she stated. These included “the increased likelihood that the really good-looking kids would begin having sex and drinking heavily at an earlier age, which could interfere with their schoolwork.

Editor's note: The above conclusions stated by Gordon and her colleagues in no way reflects the opinions or beliefs by either Diana Duel or



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