Daily Archives: April 1, 2011

Newsflash: Book ownership an indicator of education levels – ksl.com

My Better-Half, always alert to improving our children’s chances, sent me an article yesterday. More books around the house will be an indicator how well our kids will do educationally, she said.

According to the link to KSL.com

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. -Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

That’s right. The more books, the more education your kids are likely to get. Laura Miller, over at Salon, fills in the details (from KSL‘s notably thin story)

The study (authored by M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikorac and Donald J. Treimand) 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.” 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.

The study notes that buying your children twelve books at the beginning of summer break can help deter the educational slide that happens between spring and fall.

Thanks for the tip, I told my wife. However, I don’t think our kids will have a problem putting their hands on any interesting reads. And if twelve is all it takes, we shouldn’t have a problem finding something interesting for the kids to read. If they do, they’ve probably got bigger problems than reading will solve…

I mean, I guess they might not notice the shelves, but really? We buy books the way some women buy shoes.

via Book ownership an indicator of education levels – ksl.com.

Cutting Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Just Isn’t Enough

Cutting discretionary spending alone is not going to solve our fiscal woes. Entitlement reform must happen if we’re to maintain our economic strength.

That, or raise taxes. A lot.