Which do you think has more influence on student test scores? Check out this info from the book Freakonomics:
8 factors that correlate to higher test scores
1. Highly educated parents 2. Parents have high socioeconomic status 3. Mother was thirty or older at the time of first child's birth 4. Child had low birth weight 5. Parents speak English at home (in the USA) 6. Child is adopted 7. Parents are involved in the PTA 8. Child has many books in the home
8 factors that DO NOT correlate to higher test scores
1. Family is intact 2. Family's recent move to a better neighborhood 3. Mother did not work between birth and kindergarten 4. Child attended Head Start 5. Parents bring children to museums regularly 6. Child is regularly spanked 7. Child frequently watches television 8. Parents read to him nearly every day
What tests exactly? What about the influence of teachers? Are these Freakonomic guys for real? Despite the many questions these factors raise, they certainly make me think about my role as a parent and an educator.
To what degree are teachers just passing students along, delivering the inevitable to the world?