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From a news magazine called The Week, 9/5/03.
Don't expect schools to "fix" the legions of poor kids who are flunking their lessons, said William Raspberry in The Washington Post.
Today, every urban school district in America is facing enormous pressure to raise the academic achievement of kids from impoverished families. But the hard truth is that schools just can't make up for what children's parents fail to provide—and an exhaustive study proves it.
Researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley spent countless hours with both middle-class and poor families, carefully observing the interactions between parents and kids. They found that the most important predictor of academic success is how much verbal stimulation parents provide early in a child's life. A child whose parents talk to him often, using large, varied vocabularies, almost always does far better in school than a child whose parents themselves are inarticulate. And in professional and working-class homes, parents speak directly to their children more than twice as often. the difference between the amount of stimulation that poor and middle-class kids receive, the researchers concluded, "is so huge as to be essentially unbridgeable."
So educators and politicians can speak all they like about raising test scores and leaving no child behind. Until the nation's underclass learns what it is doing wrong, our society's best-intentioned efforts are doomed to failure.
Statement from a noted person speaking about career success:
"The best minds are constantly asking questions and acquiring information. In the legal profession this is the first task, getting the facts. It seems to be the first task in the medical profession as well, as it is in science and many other fields. The best candidates for jobs are thus those asking questions."
"If you are heading into an interview for a job or for any admission or any benefit that you want, the questions will decide your success at least as much as your answers."
"Always practice for those interviews that will make or unmake your career by developing the questioning skills you will need to make those interviews come alive. Not only will you arrive prepared for the moment you are judged qualified or not for employment, but you will also develop a skill critical to leadership of any organization."
questions. In every conversation and with every sort of person. And listen carefully
to the answers. This practice will set you apart from a vast mass of people too
absorbed in themselves to notice the world around them."
© 2010 Dick Wulf, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA