It ought to go without saying that children whose families are intact and whose parents are actively involved in their kids’ schooling get better grades. It ought to, but in 2008, almost nothing that affirms traditional family life goes without saying. So the Heritage Foundation analyzed data from numerous studies and, sure enough, the empirical data showed the correlations in black and white. The organization’s report on the analysis, “Academic Success Begins at Home,” also gave some examples of grade-boosting parental involvement: monitoring chil-dren’s activities, helping them think about the future and make big decisions, reading to them when they’re young, and participating in school-related activities that are open to parents. Well said.