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The survey also found that American schools are falling far short of parents' expectations, with nearly 9 in 10 parents saying they believe the U.S. lags behind other countries in math and science, even though 98 percent of parents say these subjects are critical to America's future.
Parents clearly want to be part of the solution. Ninety-one (91) percent of parents believe parental involvement is crucial to their children's academic success, with nearly 9 in 10 (89 percent) saying that talking to their children about the importance of math and science in the real world would help improve their children's performance and interest.
Despite recognizing the importance of math and science, parents say they are uncomfortable addressing these subjects with their children. More than 50 percent (53 percent) of parents of teenagers admit that they have trouble helping their children with math and science homework. Parents of high school students are also more likely than parents of younger kids to express disappointment in their own ability to help their child with these subjects.
Originally posted by Seiko
I spent a good deal of my childhood asking questions and getting smart alec responses such as" it makes kids ask questions". I once countered this with "well I guess it works" and was given a good stare at, but it did end that lame response and they started to just say " I don't know".
For me, thankfully I have the internet, and I can start researching every thing that pops into my head, and for that I am lucky.