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