Class Struggle: scholar Mariah Evans

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 07/21/2010

Power of books my wife grew up with

A new study, based on 20 years of research, suggests that children who have 500 or more books in the home get, on average, 3.2 years more schooling than children in bookless homes. Even just 20 books makes a difference. The availability of reading material has a strong impact on a child’s education, even when controlling for the effects of parental education, father’s occupation, gender, nationality, political system and gross national product.

By Jay Mathews  |  06:00 PM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)