Thursday, November 5, 2009

The parents' role

A Swiss study suggests that parents' expectations and encouragement
(which are obviously related to socioeconomic background) account for
30-50% of students' school performance, whereas what and how teachers'
teach accounts for only 5-15%. See

<http://bazonline.ch/schweiz/standard/Die-Erwartungen-der-Eltern-sind-der-wichtigste-Faktor-fuer-den-Schulerfolg/story/26176197>

Barack Obama made this point a couple of days ago and illustrated it
with an anecdote from his own family:

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/04/malia-obamas-science-test_n_346295.html>