Skip Nav
Photography
This Confetti Maternity Shoot Captures the Sheer Joy of a Rainbow Baby
Photography
The Adorable Story Behind Baby Romeo and Juliet's Newest Photo Shoot
Parenting
If You Have a Daughter, Please Spend 3 Minutes Watching This Video For Her Sake

How Birth Order Affects Academic Performance

Do Firstborn Children Have an Academic Advantage?

Everyone from elementary school teachers to world-renowned scientists have wondered whether or not birth order affects children's intelligence. A new study may have put us one step closer to getting an answer. Researchers at the University of Essex's Institute for Social and Economic Research examined the birth order, relationships, and educational aspirations of more than 1,500 groups of siblings. They discovered that older siblings are not necessarily smarter but have higher educational aspirations than their younger brothers and sisters. As a result, they tend to perform better in school.

"The advantage of firstborns in educational outcomes may be partially explained by the fact that firstborns tend to have higher aspirations, which push them toward high education levels," Feifei Bu, the study's lead researcher, wrote in a recent publication.

To learn more about the sibling study, read the full story on Huffington Post.

Image Source: Shutterstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Little Girl Sends Postcard to Betsy DeVos
Recess Should Not Be Taken Away to Punish Kids
Common Core Homework
Parent Uses Common Core to Write Check
How Do I Get My Daughter Interested in STEM?
5-Year-Old Photo Tribute to Historical Black Icons
Donald Trump Comments on Autism Rates

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds