Word Nutrition

The state of Georgia is pioneering a program which combines health and education. Unlike most such programs, this seems to address problems at their source:

“The single-best predictor of a child’s aca­dem­ic suc­cess is not parental edu­ca­tion or so­cioeco­nom­ic status, but rather the qual­ity and quantity of the words that a baby hears dur­ing his or her first three years.”

“Chil­dren with more words do bet­ter in school. Adults who were good stu­dents and earned a col­lege de­gree have longer life ex­pect­an­cies. They are at a lower risk for hy­per­ten­sion, de­pres­sion, and sleep prob­lems. They are less likely to be smokers and to be obese.”

Original Source: Why Boosting Poor Children’s Vocabulary Is Important for Public Health