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Better Grades Through Baking

As you can imagine, I get a lot of "interesting" press releases.   Recently I received information about how grades improve when the house smells good. Here are the very important statistics:

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We’re working with homeschooling mom and the founder of Mom Bloggers Club, Jennifer James, to let people know about this new study which shows that 84% of students reporting GPAs of A or B reported positive childhood home smells, such as lemon, mint or “clean.” In comparison, 34% of students with an average GPA of C or less reported remembering negative smells in their home. Because homeschooled children spend so much time inside their homes learning, it is even more imperative to keep a clean and fresh smelling home to help foster children’s academic success. Jennifer James is available for interviews if you’d like to speak with her further about how she thought about this study through the view of a homeschooler.

Additional materials can be found on our Internet press kit, www.pinesolipk.com, including full study findings here. The study was conducted by Dr. Alan Hirsch and the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, and was commissioned by Pine-Sol.  The above chart visually explains the top-line study results.


Now before you start recommending the book "How to Lie With Statistics" by Darrell Huff, let's look at the positive side of this study and just run with it.  If positive household smells can increase grades (I'm not saying they do) then it's your responsibility as a homeschool parent to make your home smell as good as possible so your children will grow up smarter and have a higher GPA and attend the college of their choice and get a fabulously high-paying job, right?


Naturally that means you should put the books aside right now and make some chocolate chip cookies.


Statistics never lie!

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Guest - BobbieSue (website) on Friday, 08 April 2011 06:42

While it is impossible to prove a causative relationship between the smells at home and grades at school; it is reasonable to say that negative smells while studying could be distracting. But so could pleasant smells. Can you imagine trying to focus on your least favorite subject while smelling fresh brownies? I can see that pleasant smells, as opposed to unpleasant ones, can make a more relaxed/conducive environment. And I have used olfactory manipulation in the past. When I was selling my house, I would bake cookies just before someone came to tour the house, so that when they arrived there were hot, fresh cookies cooling on the baking island. I showed the house to seven people and got 5 offers. There must have been two cookie haters in there.

While it is impossible to prove a causative relationship between the smells at home and grades at school; it is reasonable to say that negative smells while studying could be distracting. But so could pleasant smells. Can you imagine trying to focus on your least favorite subject while smelling fresh brownies? I can see that pleasant smells, as opposed to unpleasant ones, can make a more relaxed/conducive environment. And I have used olfactory manipulation in the past. When I was selling my house, I would bake cookies just before someone came to tour the house, so that when they arrived there were hot, fresh cookies cooling on the baking island. I showed the house to seven people and got 5 offers. There must have been two cookie haters in there.
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