Monday, February 14, 2011

Books in the Home from Robert Hart

All writers deserve to hear about the results of a 20-year study across 27 countries, on the influence of books in the home published last year. This showed that a 500-book library in the home propels a child, on average, a further 3.2 years in education. This gain is the same as the effect of having university educated parents (15-16 years) compared to barely literate parents, (3-years education). Having as few as 20 books still has a significant impact.

Children of lesser educated parents benefit the most: The effect in China is 6.6 years; in the US, 2.4 years. This effect of books was above and independent of the parent’s education level, the country’s Gross National Product (GDP), father’s occupation or political system of the country. The effect of books is twice as important as the father’s education level.

I abstracted this from
M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelly, Joanna Sikora and Donald J. Treiman. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility., 2010.

This is heady and powerful stuff. I doubt that electronic games would do the same.

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