How Much You Weighed When You Were Born Is More Important Than What School You Went To
Researchers say your birth weight has more of an impact on academic outcomes than what type of school went to.
If you're paying thousands of dollars for a private school education to give your kid an academic edge, then you're pretty much wasting your money, a new study says.
The research, involving 4,000 Australian primary school aged students born since 1999, supports the findings of other studies in the US and the UK.
Researchers say that educational outcomes are about the same, if you take into account the privileged backgrounds of private school kids.
And while there's no difference between independent and public schools, Catholic schools did not perform as well.
But there is some good news in the study for Catholic schools, with better behavioural outcomes and peer relationships than those in public school systems.
Factors that had a bigger impact on a child's school success than a paid education include weight at birth, how much time the mum spends with her child and whether both parents finished Year 12.
Yep, turns out how well your mum and dad went in school is more important that what school you went to. Soz private school kids. I'm sure it was totally worth it.
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