The first part of this interesting new study by researchers from North Carolina State University and California State University, Northridge is not to surprising: they find that the role of parents is more important than far-reaching public policies. Really? Who would have thought. But still: public policies do can make a difference. The study in highlights:
- Does investment in child cognition vary between the United State and Great Britain?
- Maternal cognition and children’ home environments are important in both societies.
- The British welfare state may be important when parental resources are absent or stretched thin.
From the press release (bold by me):
“We looked at the effects of parental characteristics on the cognition of children in the U.S. and Great Britain,” says Toby Parcel, a professor of sociology at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the study. “Basically, we wanted to see whether the welfare state in Great Britain…
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