When it Comes to Math, Parents Make That Difference

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Yes, it’s true! The things that you do, both big and small to help your child with their school work have a greater effect than what schools do!

Don’t believe it? Well let’s see the facts:

According  to the headline in this week’s Daily Telegraph (a British newspaper):

Parents ‘have bigger impact on exam results than schools’

Teenagers’ exam results are more likely to be influenced by their parents than their school, according to research.

The Royal Economic Society followed teenagers for 8 years between 2002 and 2010 and paid close attention to those teenagers who changed schools at the age of 16. After taking into account the student’s characteristics, family situation and their schools, the researchers found that particularly in Math and Science “parental impact on results was far higher than that for schools themselves.”

What I find even more inspiring is that the study also found that the effect families had on their child’s exam results was not dependent on household income.

How can you impact your child’s math?

Make that difference!

Caroline Mukisa
About The Author: Caroline Mukisa is the founder of Maths Insider. A Cambridge University educated math teacher, she's been involved in math education for over 20 years as a teacher, tutor, Kumon instructor, Thinkster Math instructor and math ed blogger. She is the author of the insanely helpful ebook "The Ultimate Kumon Review" and insanely useful website "31 Days to Faster Times Tables" You can follow her math tips on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @mathsinsider

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5 thoughts on “When it Comes to Math, Parents Make That Difference

  1. Well me I am sure that people are really tired of learning math and they even hate that subject…I hope my kids would love math…

  2. We, as parents, we can actually influence our kids to love math and get used to it…We can teach them some techniques and tips to make it easier…

  3. We, as parents, we can actually influence our kids to love math and get used to it…We can teach them some techniques and tips to make it easier…

  4. The kids who don’t like math, are the ones who get the answers wrong and they get low results. Teachers don’t get a chance to teach properly because the curriculum is such that there is no time to teach for understanding so instead they teach a curriculum. Once kids start getting their answers correct, they start to enjoy math because success leads to positive feelings which leads to more success. The key is to get the boulder rolling and this starts with the basics. Learn to add and subtract single digits, then double digit numbers and so on and learn the multiplication tables. This is a must.

  5. I stumbled in this post and It’s interest me. Parent’s should make interest to teach their kids of Math, As a math teacher. I like this post and parents must read this. Thanks for the good information.