Apparently Reading to Your Kids Give Them an “Unfair Advantage”

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Does loving, supporting, nurturing and educating your kids also give them an unfair advantage? perhaps we should cease with the whole parenting thing to give all children a level playing field?

Or maybe we can just do our best to see our children grow up to be happy and healthy:


Does reading to your children somehow give them an unfair advantage over less fortunate children?

A British philosopher is making that claim, and it’s causing ripple waves across the globe.

A story on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s website asks: “Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?”

It raises the question: “Should parents snuggling up for one last story before lights out be even a little concerned about the advantage they might be conferring?”

“I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally,” British academic Adam Swift told ABC’s Joe Gelonesi.

“Evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t – the difference in their life chances – is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t,” Swift said.

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2 Responses to “Apparently Reading to Your Kids Give Them an “Unfair Advantage””

  1. English Expressions Says:

    I think this is horrible! My parents didn’t read to me when I was younger. Perhaps I had an “unfair disadvantage” because of it. But, I developed my own love for reading and grew on my own. Eventually, everybody is responsible for themselves and can’t blame their parents or their circumstance for everything. I have never had ill thoughts or feelings to children who had bedtime stories read to them. I think that’s fantastic, and I’m so glad they had that experience! I think the idea of stopping this so that there’s an ‘even playing field’ is beyond ridiculous. The fact is, even if parents never read to their children, there will never be an even playing field because there is so much diversity in a classroom. Parents should never stop helping their children in any which way they can, and to suggest parents shouldn’t is just crazy to me! Sorry for my rant but, thank you for the interesting blog post. 🙂

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