Mother’s Age Linked to Child’s School Performance

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  • Mother’s age linked to child’s school performance: According to a new research from the University of Michigan, children of younger moms tend to have worse school performance than children born to older parents. The research analyzed data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, a large cohort of children who were monitored regularly since the time they entered kindergarten in 1998 until 2007. They found a significant achievement gap between kids born to mothers 18 or younger and children born to mothers 19 or older, especially in math and reading. As Sandra Tang, the study’s lead author a psychology researcher at the University of Michigan explained: “These results provide compelling evidence that having a child during adolescence has enduring negative consequences for the achievement of the next generation. The one silver lining in all this is that among children of young moms, those whose moms continued their education did fare better than those who dropped out.”
  • Mission to bring quality child education worldwide: Pencils of Promise (PoP) started in 2008 as one man’s mission to change the injustice resulting from unequal access to education. Adam Braun was so inspired by a young boy in South Asia who told him that he would like a pencil more than anything else in the world, that Braun deposited $25 in a bank account and organized his 25th birthday party on the premise of building a school in Laos. Today and 252 schools later, PoP continues to be a leading force in global education, providing over 21 million hours of education to 30,000 students across three continents. Still, about 250 million children of primary school age worldwide lack basic reading, writing and math skills, and educational opportunity and equality for all children remains a critical and ongoing challenge. For instance, 85 percent of the communities that PoP visits throughout Laos, Guatemala and Ghana still lack basic school infrastructure. Their 2014 holiday campaign is focused on building 25 schools in Ghana, where many communities lack formal classrooms altogether and lessons are often taught outside in extreme conditions.
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