"Since James Coleman’s landmark report about inequality in the 1960s, it has been common knowledge in education that there is a close relationship between parents’ socioeconomic status (SES) and and their children’s school achievement. The statistics have consistently shown the injustice of a system in which the children from the least advantaged economic circumstances attain the lowest levels of literacy. Let’s turn the world on its head. Recently, I came across a fascinating new investigation of the relationship between reading achievement and SES conducted by Stuart Ritchie and Timothy Bates and reported earlier this year inPsychological Sciences. They aren’t educators and they weren’t interested in explaining the determinants of school achievement (a la Coleman). Instead, they went the other direction. They set out to explain the determinants of SES; why are there differences in income levels?--byTimothy Shanahan
Lou Salza's insight:
Professor Shanahan offers more evidence that earlier success is better for everyone--better for the kids, easier for the schools better for the downstream outcomes--causal or coorelational. --LouExcerpt:"Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was Founding Director of the Center for Literacy and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is principal investigator of the National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development. ....... In 2006, he received a presidential appointment to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy. "