Books, Dinosaurs and Your Child’s Education

Books have been in existence for over 500 years.

After Pyramid hieroglyphs and Papyrus paper, books have lasted more than any other writings.

CD-Roms and Thumb drives are barely one decade young and how long will this storage last of all knowledge?

On-line reading devices are known carcinogens and a possible big reason why the World Health Organization estimates a 70% increase in cancer by 2030, just 15 years from now.(source)

Within just a few years, E-books have replaced bookstores and hard copy books are becoming more rare except at places like the MIGHTY AMAZON who pays writers now to publish online only.

Book burning is no longer necessary, now that on line books can be re-edited at will with the click of a mouse and the entire story is changed, for everyone reading, unless you own a book that has the original version..

..and another great reason to own a lot of books.

Books, Dinosaurs and Your Child’s Education

If you are a parent, you might consider taking a count of the number of books you have in your home.

Sound trivial?

It’s not. A 20-year study by a University of Nevada, Reno associate professor recently found that the number of books in a home has shown to raise the educational level of children in the home. That is, the difference in educational level of children between being raised in a bookless home as compared to a home with a 500-book level was significant, regardless of parents’ educational level.

Whether the parents are barely literate or have a university education proved not to be a significant factor in the potential educational level of their children. Having a 500-book library, however, raised a child 3.2 years in education.

Furthermore, homes in which books are used to stimulate intelligent conversation, rather than argumentation, serve as an important contribution to children’s so-called learning strategies.

Evans goes on to say: “When children observe what their parents do, reading at home is very important in a role-modeling sense. Children gain skills and culture/content from the books in the home.”

These skills, she says, even help children perform better on standardized tests.

“Bookish homes help children enjoy school and see their teachers as valuable coaches,” she said. “Success in performance in school, leads to a positive relationship with school and education, encouraging young students to continue in education even when the going gets tough.”

 Moreover, researcher Mariah Evans found that children of lesser-educated and economically disadvantaged parents would benefit most from having books in the home. She poses the question, “what kinds of investments should we be making to help these kids get ahead?”

The results of her study indicate that getting some books into such homes is an inexpensive method for helping these children succeed.

She found that having as few as 20 books in the home had a significant impact on moving a child to a higher level of education. In other words, the more books you add, the greater the benefit.

In countries such as China, she found that having 500 or more books at home increased children’s educational level 6.6 years. In the U.S., the effect was 2.4 years, less than the 3.2-year average experienced across all 27 countries. But, Evans points out, “2.4 years is still a significant advantage in terms of educational attainment.”

Evans was struck by the positive effect having books in the home had on children’s educational attainment beyond such factors as the educational level of the parents, the country’s GDP, the father’s occupation or the political system of the country. In short, having books in the home is twice as important as the parents’ education level and more important than whether a child was reared in China or the U.S.

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