Education is an important part of our life. Through good education, people can reach success and improve the quality of life. Getting knowledge usually starts from childhood even from birth. Moreover, most of the researchers confirm that knowledge which we get in childhood considerably influence our future by shaping our identity and intelligence. However, sometimes due to some circumstances people cannot get qualified education or guidelines in childhood or in preschool level. The episode of the podcast from Freakonomics radio discusses several studies devoted school and teaching reforms for increasing students’ levels of knowledge. By listening to this podcasts I get a lot of interesting information and food for thought, therefore I will add some ideas about these issues.
The first guests in radio interview were researchers from Chicago. They conducted experiment in public school in poor areas of Chicago suburb by investigating parent impact on children’s’ achievements in school. During the experiment, they wanted to focus on parents’ training in order to increase children’s literacy level by organizing parents’ academy. During the experiment, they pay money for parents depending on the success of their children at school and their own in training. As the result, they saw good improvement in children’s school achievement. However, there was some racial discrepancy in the result. The researchers noticed that experiment worked good for Hispanic and white parents, while regarding afro American parents there were not change. In contrast, research conducted by another group about the influence of TV cartoon on children’s education found out those afro American children showed good results at school during the experiment.
One more research depicted in the podcast was about the influence of parents’ language competency on children’s literacy level in early childhood by Dana Suskind. Dana states that education starts not from the first day of school but the first day of birth, therefore, children’s language environment has a great impact on their level of literacy and success at school.
The most interesting research for me personally was about the impact of vision problem on school performance in China by Paul Glewwe and Albert Park. Researchers conducted a study in the poor province of China called Gansu. During the research they found out that 10 to 15 percent of the students at the school have the problem with vision, however, only 2% of them have eyeglasses. Thus, they do not see blackboard clearly. Then researchers gave them free eyeglasses and observe their performance over the year. After the experiment, there were some changes in performances of students.
Overall, one common thing for all researchers was that social economic background and parents’ level of education play a crucial role in their performance at school. Children’s future success in any field strongly depends on their parents, financial condition of the family, and environment. In our country, we also are witnessing the difference between children’s level of education from rural and urban areas. Such discrepancy is a big issue and may cause a gap in society since students from urban areas or high-income families are provided with better education and have more chances for bright future, whereas, rural area students or from socially vulnerable families cannot get the qualified education. I assume that one solution to this issue is to increase the quality of education at public school and provide with a motivation that facilitates the success in education. What do you think? What solution can you propose for this problem?
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