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Parents matter more than school reform efforts, UF researchers say



It's almost intuitive for people who have spent any length of time in a school classroom.

But now two University of Florida researchers have put their expert stamp on the notion that where you live and what you do there with your parents makes a huge difference on how you perform in school.

“The core philosophy of school reform today is that effective schools and quality teaching can correct all learning problems, including those of poor minority students who are most at risk, and if they fail it’s the educators’ fault,” Harry Daniels, professor of counselor education and lead investigator of the study, said in a release. “While school improvement and teaching quality are vital, we are demonstrating that the most important factor in student learning may be the children’s lifestyle and the early learning opportunities they receive at home."

“Where students live -- their neighborhood and even the street -- may be the most accurate indicator of academic achievement.”

There's something for lawmakers to consider as they debate their teacher quality bills this week.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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