by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
“Perceived attractiveness, particularly personality attractiveness, is a more important psychosocial resource for educational attainment for people from disadvantaged backgrounds than for people from advantaged backgrounds. People from disadvantaged backgrounds, however, are less likely to be perceived as attractive than people from advantaged backgrounds.”
– Shawn Bauldry, Michael J. Shanahan, Rosemary Russo, Brent W. Roberts, and Rodica Damian, “Attractiveness Compensates for Low Status Background in the Prediction of Educational Attainment,” PLoS ONE 11(6), June 1, 2016.