Do Smart Moms Give Birth to Smart Kids?
As it turns out, becoming educated isn't only beneficial for yourself-- it's great for your children, as well.
Moms' intelligence has a lot to do with kids' intelligence, if you didn't know. In fact, it matters so much that a mother's level of education has a major effect on her children's brain development.
Northwestern University research shows a significant link between low maternal education and noisier nervous systems for children. This deeply affects the ability to learn, and the pace at which they learn. The results were published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
This 'noisiness' in the nervous system was paired with poor performances on reading and memory tests, and in the absence of sound, the 'noise' only grew worse.
"Children from lower socioeconomic-status backgrounds are exposed to less complex and linguistically rich input in addition to hearing fewer words per hour from their caregivers," said the study.
Kids' nervous systems operate much differently depending on a mother's level of education according to scalp electrodes used to measure ongoing electrical activity in children's brains.
The harsh reality is that a child from a family on welfare will have heard 30 million fewer words at age three than if the parents were professionals, and by age four, just 13 million words in comparison to 45 million words.
"When young children aren't being exposed to a wealth of words, and the language they do hear is more negative than what their peers hear, their development can be noticeably different."
This goes to show that the power of education directly affects the ability to raise smart children.