An interesting post here discusses the somewhat obvious role of home experience in creating readers.

Research shows a correlation between having books in the house as a child and future education success.

A study recently published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility found that just having books around the house (the more, the better) is correlated with how many years of schooling a child will complete. The study looked at samples from 27 nations, and according to its abstract, found that growing up in a household with 500 or more books is “as great an advantage as having university-educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father [sic].” Children with as few as 25 books in the family household completed on average two more years of schooling than children raised in homes without any books.

It makes sense that having access to books and being keen to seek books out on one’s own would lead to a greater interest in reading and schooling. (But why focus on the father’s job? Surely the role of the principal carer – usually the mother – is far more significant.)

And now here’s the cartoon from last week’s Education Guardian:

Enough said?

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