Parenting Skills and Literacy Problems

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Parenting Skills and Literacy Problems

Post by JIM CURRAN » Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:50 am

40 per cent of children are at risk of developing literacy problems because they don't bond with their parents


Four out of 10 children are at risk of behaving badly and having literacy problems before they even start school because of poor parenting, says a study out today.





Research by the Sutton Trust education charity, dedicated to campaign for equal opportunities in education for all pupils regardless of background, shows 40 per cent of children fail to bond with their parents.

The report concludes: “With the right early parenting, children can develop a secure attachment to their mothers and fathers - a base from which they can thrive.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/educa ... 05852.html

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Re: Parenting Skills and Literacy Problems

Post by Derrie Clark » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:33 am

So what is good parenting?

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Post by maizie » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:34 pm

I absolutely cannot believe that 40% of children can't bond with their parents. It is such an innate behaviour; babies are 'programmed' to bond with their carers.

There are certainly parents whose behaviour to their children as they (the children) grow older doesn't make them very loveable...

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Post by Susan Godsland » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:42 pm

I agree, Maggie, and think 'lack of attachment' is yet another stick to hit parents with if their children fail to learn to read at primary school.

Isn't this paper a throw back to Bowlby?

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Re: Parenting Skills and Literacy Problems

Post by Susan Godsland » Wed May 13, 2015 1:24 pm

Adults love controlling the way kids spend the hours of the day. What's the payoff for all their meddling?
http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/201 ... acade.html
The big result is the lack of results. Controlling for family and child background, time in school and studying barely help - and television viewing barely hurts. Contrary to wishful assertions that exercising the body improves the mind, sports don't matter either. Out of nineteen activities, only two predict greater academic success across the board: reading and visiting.

The estimated effect of visiting is modest. Reading, however, is a huge deal. Ceteris paribus, 10 extra hours of reading per week raise letter-word comprehension by .5 SDs, and passage comprehension, applied problems, and calculations scores by .4 SDs. Despite obvious worries about reverse causation - smart kids enjoy books more - much of this is plausibly causal. After all, many smart kids don't read much, and H&S include a lot of solid control variables. And you really can learn a lot from books.

I've long argued that the effects of parenting are overrated. H&S's results lead to a separate but related result: How kids spend their time is overrated, too. If adults really wanted to raise kids' test scores, they'd adopt the maxim, "If the kid has a book in his hands, leave him in peace." Which, by sheer coincidence, was the maxim young Bryan Caplan vainly begged all the adults in his life to embrace. Reading rules, school drools.

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