Dows having a lot of books lying around the house benefit the student in your home?
A group of researchers looked at 30 nations and found the presence of book-lined shelves in the home — and the intellectual environment those volumes reflect — gives children an enormous advantage in school. “Home library size has a very substantial effect on educational attainment, even adjusting for parents’ education, father’s occupational status and other family background characteristics,” reported the study. Growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average, than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books. A child from a family rich in books is 19 percentage points more likely to complete university than a comparable child growing up without a home library.”