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?
- Be positive about math
- Spend a small amount of time regularly talking about real life math
- Help your child solidify their basic mental math skills
- Slot some math games in between Angry Birds and DrawSome on a phone or tablet
- Check out an online math program to see if it can fill in gaps in their knowledge and give them some regular practice
- Go read some math
Make that difference!