Here's an article in the New York Times by Howard Friedman: "How About Better Parents?" suggesting that policy makers look beyond school performance as contributors to academic achievement in young people.It is based on OECD research concerning standardised academic testing of middle school students in the US.
There's a full report here.
The main findings:
- children whose parents read to them in their early primary schooling scored better in high school academic tests, regardless of the family's socio-economic background
- parent's engagement with their teenagrs is strongly associated with better academic performance
The latter includes often diascussing political or social issues, and discussing books, film or television programs
This does not seem to be rocket science, and indeed reflects the broader based research of Search Institute over the last 30 years. However there is clearly an issue in helping anf encouring parent.s particularly those less inclined or able to read themselves, to do so. This would certainly be true in Australia as well.
It raises the question of how churches might partner with parents in these two key areas.
Thanks to Gene R for the link.