Wednesday, July 26
The New York Times Magazine had an article this weekend on the role of social contexts, especially financial well-being, on the intellectual development of very young children:
In “Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children,” the University of Kansas psychologists Betty Hart and Todd Risley find that by the time they are 4 years old, children growing up in poor families have typically heard a total of 32 million fewer spoken words than those whose parents are professionals. That language gap translates directly into stunted academic trajectories.

32 million words. How much pull on that mean do you suppose academic professionals are responsible for?

2 comments:

Scarlet said...

This would seem an argument for start your child falling asleep in front of the television set early.

fraud, in denim said...

This is really interesting. Thanks for sharing, Lime.

Now, I'd like to see the stats on how many more words an academic professional parent hears from their troll-sized offspring. I can't get a word in edgewise in my house, and it's not my partner monopolizing. Maybe the kid learned from us...

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