My son is huge into math and science right now. They were his best marks in school for his report card and he continues to show great interest in learning all he can about math. A new study that just came out in Psychological Science shows his interest now at 7-years-old is probably going to do him well in the future when it comes to job income.
Lead researchers psychological scientists Stuart Ritchie and Timothy Bates of the University of Edinburgh said they wanted to see if there was a link between early reading and math, testing to see if the effects went beyond the classroom and into adulthood.
The research team evaluated data from the National Child Development Study, a large, nationally representative study that followed over 17,000 people in England, Scotland, and Wales over a 50 year span, from birth in 1958 to the present day.
What they found was pretty interesting — the reading and math abilities at 7-years-old was linked to their social class 35 years later. Participants in the study who had higher reading and math skills as children ended up having higher incomes, better housing, and better jobs in adulthood. When they looked further, the data suggested that going up one reading level at 7-years-old was associated with a roughly $7,750 increase in income at age 42.
I’d be hard-pressed to ignore these figures and since my children are still within the age-range of these children when they were first evaluated at 7-years-old, I wonder if doing more for their early reading and math skills will help them in the future.
We’ve been trying to increase Speed’s love for reading lately and while it’s working, getting him interested in working on his math skills has always been a more simple task for us. There are some games that you can do with your kids that work on their math skills, while still having fun doing “boring” math problems.
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Study Source: Psychological Science May 8, 2013
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