Parents Who Own Bookshelves Raise Kids Who Do Better in School

Tome ReaderOver on Core77, Rain Noe discusses a sweeping international study by a team of Stanford and University of Munich researchers, who looked at all sorts of questions about how economics, school conditions, and parents end up affecting education. But one of the most interesting tidbits concerned the fact that a child’s achievements at school are correlated to whether his or her parents own a very simple object.

That object? A bookshelf. Two, actually. According to the study’s authors, the educational achievements of British children whose parents owned two bookcases differed from children whose parents didn’t by 1.15 standard deviations. In plain language, that’s three times the amount of what the average kid learns during a year of school.

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3 Replies to “Parents Who Own Bookshelves Raise Kids Who Do Better in School”

  1. Did they have to have books on them? I read but my bookshelf has become virtual…which my husband loves.

  2. That’s a great question which I don’t think they considered. However, my gut reaction would be to say no, since the children won’t see that you have books. I think the visual nature of seeing that they’re available might have something to do with it.

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