They say that money isnít everything, but what happens when an elementary school kid does not have the financial support of its parents to continue schooling? Many a study paper in the past few decades has been trying to find out what factors can influence the childrenís success in life, and parentís level of knowledge may be one of them.
Moms and reading skills
The sad fact is that families in which mothers did not graduate from high school had significantly lower income than families in which mothers graduated from college. This number is four times higher, according to the data we obtained from Huffington Post. Moreover, they present data that 49% of kids whose mothers graduated from college were proficient at reading at the age of six, as opposed to 16% of kids who mastered reading in the eighth grade.
Bonds with success later in life
A recent study published by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that the level of education of a childís parents will influence the childís occupational success later in life. The study interviewed 856 third graders from a semi-rural county of New York, and it began in 1960 and ended in 2008. The participants were re-interviewed at the ages of 19, 30 and 48 and the study confirmed that their parentsí level of education ďsignificantly predicted educational and occupational success of the child 40 years laterĒ.
What to do to help?
The aforementioned data can be a bit scary, but not all is lost. There is still time for you to get back on your feet and help your (future) child get better opportunities in life.
If you are a single lady reading these lines, and still have not graduated from high school Ė it is high time you did something about it. This is your time, the time for you to shine! All it takes is some effort and you will manage to graduate from high school before it is too late. You can work harder, and even take the test in the next evaluation period if necessary. Just do not quit because you may regret it some day.
On the other hand, if you are a high school graduate thinking whether you should or should not go to college, our honest advice is: yes, you should! This may be the smartest decision you have ever made. By getting a college degree, you can open a plethora of doors of possibility, none of which would be open for you (and your future family) if you have not had that degree in the first place. Even though the economy is the way it is right now, there are still more chances to Ďswimí in the work market than drown because of not having a diploma at all.
If you are a married mom and a bit scared of the consequences, the good thing is that you are reading this blog post. This means that there is still a chance for you. What you can do to improve your level of knowledge of the world is self-education. For example, you can hire a tutor to help you with the SAT exam, or you can search the Internet and see whether there are any preparation courses online. Another thing you can do if you want to learn a new skill is to visit an upskilled website with online courses you can attend while your kids are at school, when you have enough time to work on improving your education.
As you can see, the situation may look a bit scary, but still, there is hope. There is a number of things you can do to help yourself and your children get a better opportunity and a chance for success. Just learn not to give up, and teach your child this same important lesson.