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Grandparents' Role in Education

According to recent U.S. censuses, more grandparents are living with school-age children, so the impact of grandparents on their grandchildren's education is becoming increasingly important. Grandparents can give grandchildren extra resources to aid their education, or they can compete with them for scarce family resources, which can hinder the grandchildren's learning. Furthermore, these effects differ across societies with different cultural values. As more families face economic or relationship difficulties, they increasingly turn to grandparents to help raise their children. Because of low marriage rates and high divorce rates, over 47 percent of children do not live with both biological parents, and extended family members such as grandparents help care for them. Likewise, inflation-adjusted, median individual income has fallen over the last two decades. As a ...

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