Micah’s Going to Do All Right

If this study is right, at any rate, he ought to do pretty well in the K-12 rat race.

Study Links Drop in Test Scores to a Decline in Time Spent Reading

Apparently kids whose parents had high school degrees but owned 100 books did better than did kids whose parents had college degrees but owned 10 books.  Since Mary and I own somewhere in the neighborhood of a thousand, Micah’s going to do all right.

At least that’s how I figure it.

Of course, politicians’ windbag promises to improve “education” aside, Mary and I, as teachers, have known for some time that parental involvement is the single most powerful variable for students’ intellectual development.  Homeschool or private school or public school, the kids who do well are the ones whose parents have them down at the public library every week.  I suppose that’s why I don’t get concerned much when people actually choose this or that venue for their kids but get irritated when people start proselytizing about it– ultimately it’s the presence of parents that matters.



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3 responses to “Micah’s Going to Do All Right

  1. Good stuff man!

    Liked your blog… Need a favour.. Want to know how you added the LibraryThings widget to your WordPress Blog..

    DO help me out… Thanks!

  2. a href=”http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=ngilmour”

    img src=”http://www.librarything.com/gwidget/widget.php?view=ngilmour&type=random&font=verdana&num=5&tag=perpetual&width=180&top=Books I seem Perpetually to be Reading&fsize=8″

    Put brackets around those two sets of commands, and change my user name to yours, and you should be in business.

  3. Thanks a lot.. It’s working fine! 🙂

    Appreciate it!

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