Today, my Facebook feed is loaded with pictures of my friend’s kids as they begin to head back to school.
And chances are, yours is too.
Proud parents escorting their little ones into that first day of kindergarten are the ones that really get me. I see the kids, with their brand new backpacks and outfits, their big smiles tinged with a little nervousness/a little joy/a little uncertainty, and I am bowled over by the reality that THAT will be me before you know it.
That will be MY daughter smiling out at the world from some picture I snap off the cuff with my cellphone someday before too long.
I go breathless just thinking about that day.
It melts my heart and thrills me to no end.
For me, my two kid’s impending education is something that overwhelms my thoughts and sends me into deep conversation with myself about how I might help them get ready for it now, as well as when those first days of school finally arrive.
This morning I ran across this really captivating piece over at Bloomberg Businessweek that takes a fairly in-depth look at American education in the 21st century. I recommend the whole article, if for no other reason than it raises some really valid points and questions, but mostly because it contains this little nugget:
“…the United States sees one of the strongest relationships between parental book ownership and child learning outcomes. In the U.S., kids from homes where there are more than two full bookcases score two and a half grade levels higher than kids from homes with very few books.”
I read that and…well…wow. I was blown away. It reinforced something that I have been lucky enough to believe since I was about knee-high to a fire hydrant; that reading books can and does make our lives better; that being a ‘bookworm’ makes us better people in general.
So, I’ve decided to take a closer look at why I think that is. Because, when it comes to our kids, I cannot think of anything more important than maybe someday seeing them happier and healthier and smarter than we could have ever hoped they’d be.
Info Source: Bloomberg Businessweek
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