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Students who read newspapers and books do better at school

Students who read newspapers and books do better at school

Posted June. 29, 2018 07:35,   

Updated June. 29, 2018 07:35


The Japanese Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday that students who have a habit of reading books and newspapers demonstrate higher educational ability based on its survey of some 140,000 parents nationwide. When instructed to maintain an organized lifestyle and read books or newspapers, students showed higher educational ability even if their parents were from low income or educational background.

A research team at Ochanomizu University analyzed in April 2017 responses of the parents of 6th and 9th graders, who took a national educational ability test. The research team divided the parents into four different groups based on their income or educational background – high level, mid-high level, mid-low level and low level. According to an analysis of the relation between parents’ background and their children’s academic performance, the higher score students obtain in all subjects, the higher group parents belong to.

However, about 10 percent of elementary and middle school students whose parents’ income or educational background was categorized in the lower level belonged to the top 25 percent in the educational survey. The research team focused on the differences that could be witnessed in the lower group and analyzed them separately.

As a result, students with correct answer sheets were instructed by their parents to study in an organized manner, recommended to read books or newspapers or taught to become familiar with letters by reading them picture books. Also, the educational ability of students is likely to improve according to the way parents deliver the “value of effort” regardless of the economic ability.

Young-A Soh sya@donga.com