A new study from Intel released Friday reports
that parents are more comfortable talking to their kids about not
doing drugs than about math and science.
Despite a perceived importance of math and science for success,
and an overwhelming willingness to be involved, the survey results
reveal that parents, particularly those of teenagers, often find
themselves with little more understanding of these subjects than
their children and without the necessary resources to bridge this
The news couldn't come at a worse time, as America's global
standing in math and science continues to lag. Less than half
of American fourth-graders are proficient in math, according
to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress
report released last week. That's almost double from the level
in 1990, but stagnant since 2007 after almost two decades of
increases. And I think we can all agree, it's far from where we
Hey, calculus is hard, and not everyone is going to grow up to
be a software engineer or neurosurgeon (this coming from someone
with degrees at varying levels in political science, Spanish and
journalism). But this is the country that invented the light bulb,
decoded the human genome, and led the global information
You're not a "number person?" Don't let that stop you from being
involved in your kids' education. Even if you don't pick up any
linear algebra, an hour spent with your child at the kitchen table
might be a more valuable lesson.
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