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Early child ed. /literacy question

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I posted this question yesterday- and some felt that minimal parental education may have the greatest negative influence on child literacy.
Whowever, one person seemed to think that low socioeconomic status has the greatest negative influence on child literacy.


Which may have the greatest negative influence on child literacy?

A. single-parenting
B. low socioeconomic status
C. minority ethnicity
D. minimal parental education



Here is what my text states:

"Preschools planning to influence the continued literacy development of attending children must face the fact
that the low socioeconomic status of the home may greatly influence literacy. Differences in literacy achievement among children as a result
of socioeconomic status are pronounced. Middle class families usually offer there children the advantage of more joint book reading,more library visits,and more print-related experiences.Parents with low educational aspirations for their children and low motivation,which
sometimes results from poverty,stress,
fatigue,and unfortunate living conditions,are the parents who most need sensitive professional outreach
from their children's teacher and school. Family economics may determine the opportunities and materials that are available,and family ingenuity may overcome a lack of monetary resources. Most things that parents can do to
encourage reading and writing involve
time,attention,and sensitivity,rather than money."

I am confused with what my text states-

which would have the greatest negative
influence on child literacy?

low socioeconomic status (or )
minimal parental education



please help----- I am confused!!

  • Early child ed. /literacy question - ,

    The greatest negative, IMHO, is minimal parental education. I've had many students from low to very low socioeconomic status, and with sufficient prompting by parents and teachers, students can succeed. If parents place little or no value on education, however, their children usually reflect that.

  • Writeacher--- please reply to this-------------- please read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - ,

    but according to my text- it sounds as if low socioeconomic status has the greatest negative impact.

  • Early child ed. /literacy question - ,

    Since low social economic status usually means minimal formal education, the two are closely related. However, it's easier to measure socioeconomic status (approval for free lunches, for instance) so this status is the one most often associated with low achievement in school. In addition, the main topic of your text's paragraph is low socioeconmic status. That indicates to me that B is the preferred answer.

    I, too, know of many instances of children from families with low incomes and minimal formal education who were very successful in school. But, sadly, I think that's the exception, not the rule.

  • Ms. Sue-please read!!!!!!! - ,

    so, you think that (B) low socioeconomic status is the preferred answer they are looking for?

  • Early child ed. /literacy question - ,

    Yes. B is the preferred answer.

  • Ms.Sue------------ please help!!!!! - ,

    I had someone to point out to my that my text states "parents with low
    educational aspirations for their children and low motivation,which sometimes result from poverty,stress, fatigue,and unfortunate living conditions,are the parents who most need
    sensitive professional outreach."


    So, this sounds as if (D)minimal parental education could be the correct answer.

    I'm confused. H-E-L-P!!

  • Ms.Sue------------ please help!!!!! - ,

    Parental education is the number of years of school they've finished. A parent who never went to school may have high aspirations for their children's education. These parents may take their children to the library, story hours, place them in Head Start -- and do everything else they can to make sure their children succeed in school.

    I don't think D is the correct answer.

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