The New York Times reports that an NEA study show a link between low test stores and reading for pleasure. That is: kids who don't read for fun have lower test scores in reading and writing--and math and science--than those who do read. Kids who grow up in homes that have less than ten books score lower than kids who grow up in homes with more than a hundred books--and this holds true even when the stats are adjusted for income and college degrees.
Somehow this doesn't come as a surprise to me.
Of course, as in all studies, some experts disagree, but still, it seems rather elementary to me that reading does matter--in test scores and in life.
I am glad to report that Bothwell is growing up in a house with many many books. If only he could read.