I love the blogosphere for so many reasons. One such reason is the monthly post titled, Roundup of Children’s Literacy and Reading News written by three incredibly talented women; Jen from Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Terry from the Family Bookshelf and Carol from Rasco for RIF.
This month’s post can (and should!) be found here.
While there are many, many tidbits to be taken from the post, what resonated for me the most was a link to the NY Times Op-Ed article How About Better Parents? by Thomas Friedman. Friedman’s premise is that all the energy that has been put into ‘teacher bashing’ over the past year might be better placed. To support his stand, he sites research based on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exams. These exams measure 15 year old’s reading comprehension and knowledge of math and science to solve real world problems. Beginning in 2006, researchers began to interview parents of test takers and to compare information gained during this interview to students test scores.
What they found will not be surprising to those of us who love literature and who love sharing this literature with our children. But it is still nice to have research on our side…
The article states:
“Fifteen-year-old students whose parents often read books with them during their first year of primary school show markedly higher scores in PISA 2009 than students whose parents read with them infrequently or not at all. The performance advantage among students whose parents read to them in their early school years is evident regardless of the family’s socioeconomic background. Parents’ engagement with their 15-year-olds is strongly associated with better performance in PISA.”