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This study looked at the thinking ability of children entering kindergarten. It found that about 50% of the differences between cognitive ability was due to home learning environment (18%), parenting style (14%), family background (10%), early education (6%), and health (5%). Almost half of the differences in cognitive ability were due to an unknown factor.

Comment: The goal of social programs to enhance children learning needs to address improving the home environment and parenting styles. Pre-K education had only a small effect in this study, but still important as it could improve the thinking of about 1 in 15 children. Since we want to improve the thinking of all children (all 15 out of 15), then we need to start with helping parents have a good home learning environment (perhaps good Pre-K TV programs would help). We need to identify, then teach parents good parenting styles that will help improve thinking in their child.

Pediatrics. 2015 Jan 19. pii: peds.2014-0434.    (retrieved Jan, 2015). There are currently 993 pearls in the database. While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, mistakes can and do occur. Use databank at your own risk. All pearls © 2020 by the Internet Medical Association. Click Here to view more medical pearls.