Predicting student success

As a former teacher, I often wondered why students from the same socioeconomic background performed so differently in class.  Some believe that the answer is their religious upbringing (“ ‘God, Grades, and Graduation’ : A Faithful Way to Learn, “ The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 25). My conclusion is that it’s the value that parents place on education.

When children learn from an early age that education is revered, they tend to go to class respecting their teachers and taking everything that goes on seriously. There will always be exceptions, of course, but they are anomalies. Asians and Jews have a long history of excelling despite their socioeconomic backgrounds.  I attribute their success to the emphasis that their cultures place on education.

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