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May 3, 2010

Bibliophile Benefits

Filed under: books — Christ Ranger @ 12:03 pm

I’ve long been a fan of John Ruskin’s quote: “A book worth reading is worth owning.”  It’s fairly conventional wisdom that a book-rich home encourages children to read which in turn introduces children to the joys of learning, thinking, and imagining.  A recent study now shows benefits of actually owning those books …

 “Home library size has a very substantial effect on educational attainment, even adjusting for parents’ education, father’s occupational status and other family background characteristics,” reports the study, recently published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. “Growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average, than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books. “This is a large effect, both absolutely and in comparison with other influences on education,” adds the research team, led by University of Nevada sociologist M.D.R. Evans. “A child from a family rich in books is 19 percentage points more likely to complete university than a comparable child growing up without a home library.” 

More here.

1 Comment »

  1. Just hire somebody with a handtruck to move them when you buy a new house 🙂

    Comment by Larry Sleeper — May 3, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

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