Policy Documents

Academic Success Begins at Home: How Children Can Succeed in School

Christine Kim –
September 22, 2008

Stable families are essential to students’ academic success, especially in a child’s early years, concludes Christine Kim in a report for The Heritage Foundation. Research has shown for years that increasing spending does not correlate with better academic outcomes; it has instead shown a strong relationship between parental influences and children’s academic outcomes. The two most important family factors influencing education are family structure (whether parents are married and biologically related to the children in their home) and parents’ involvement in their children’s schoolwork.