Regardless of Parents’ Intellect
"Perhaps families with more books are more likely to emphasize education? It may have nothing to do with the books at all."
- Robert in the comments
One of the strongest predictors of attaining higher education is having books in the home, according to sociologist Maria Evans, U of Nevada, who led a 20-year study to learn what helps children succeed. Evans found that it wasn’t necessarily parents’ levels of education that predict academic success. Books in the homes of even the barely literate were found to further a child’s education by an average of 3.2 years. In fact, children of parents with less education had more to gain by having books in their homes. Findings indicate that the more books in the home, the greater the gain, but even as few as 20 books can go a long way towards helping a child succeed academically. "You get a lot of 'bang for your book'," says Evans of this relatively inexpensive way to boost a child’s education.