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The relationship between a parents job and smart kids

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Andrew Jones
Date:
03/03/2014
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A world wide OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) report has been conducted among other things to determine the relationship between working parents and academic performance of their kids in maths, science and reading. The report found that having at least one parent in IT, Business or Engineering topped the performance list. While on the other side of the spectrum, kids who scored with the lowest performing marks came from a background who's parents worked in Street sales and as food preparation assistants.

The Program for International Assessment (PISA) report is summarised in the following table below. The data has been provided by PISA by the following link: http://mi2.mini.pw.edu.pl:8080/SmarterPoland/PISAoccupations2012 Scores accumulated have a possible range from 300 to 700. 65 countries and economies participated in the 2012 PISA report including all 34 OECD members. The report surveyed 15 year olds with more than 510,000 students taking part in the survey representing 28 million children globally.


Average scores combining math's, science and reading

Parents Job
Score
Information and communications technology
540.44
Science and engineering professionals
525.37
Business and administration professionals
524.64
Legal social and cultural
522.61
Teaching professionals
519.74
Health professionals
519.2
Professionals
518.88
Information and communications technicians
518.61
Chief executives senior officials
516.56
Administrative and commercial managers
515.54
Production and specialised services
512.74
Managers
508.74
Business and administration associate
506.99
Customer services clerks
502.05
Technicians and associate professionals
500.43
Numerical and material recording
499.85
Health associate professionals
498.92
General and keyboard clerks
498.31
Science and engineering associate
498.10
Clerical support workers
497.57
Hospitality retail and other
497.23
Other clerical support workers
495.60
Legal social cultural
493.83
Electrical and electronic trades
484.26
Assemblers
482.30
Handicraft and printing workers
480.28
Sales workers
480.00
Protective services workers
478.78
Personal care workers
475.41
Service and sales workers
473.49
Metal machinery and related
472.11
Food processing wood working
470.82
Craft and related trades
469.55
Market oriented skilled agricultural workers
467.84
Personal service workers
467.20
Stationary plant and machine
466.58
Skilled agricultural forestry
464.62
Plant and machine operators
464.57
Drivers and mobile plant
464.30
Building and related trades
459.35
Subsistence farmers
459.13
Labourers in mining construction
456.62
Refuse workers
454.96
Market oriented skilled forestry fishery
454.50
Elementary occupations
452.04
Cleaners and helpers
450.53
Agricultural forestry and fishery
444.79
Food preparation assistants
444.76
Street and related sales
444.58


As can be seen from the list most jobs at the top required the parent/s to undertake a graduate course at a University or College requiring at least another 3 to 4 years of extra schooling. IT workers were at the top of the list, an industry spokesmen for the Information Industry Association, Suzanne Campbell believed that IT workers skills are more analytical, innovative and require more creative thinking and perhaps have more of a can do attitude then other industries. She believes these skills transfers to other members in the family environment to help other family members to succeed. For what ever reasons, IT kids certainly do perform well on the PISA examinations.

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