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Average US parent is no better at math or science than a 6th grader

Average US parent is no better at math or science than a 6th grader

In a survey by Mongoose and the USA BMX Foundation of 2,000 parents of school-aged children in the US, the average parent’s science and math knowledge is at the sixth-grade level. 42% of those survey admitted they felt ’lost’ teaching their kids math at their respective grade level, while 35% felt that about science. 1 in 5 participants weren’t sure about the formula for calculating speed.

Foy 4 weeks

That's because most adults don't need math beyond the 6th grade level unless your career specifically calls for it. Yet another reason our public school system is garbage.

Anony 4 weeks

I was part of the common core math classes when I was in school. I learned more about math in college and while studying physics than I ever leaned in a proper math class.

christine hancock
christine hancock 4 weeks

Actually, sixth grade level not that terrible. Most of us really don't need much more skill on a daily basis than it takes to make change, keep a record of your bank balance, and maybe double a recipe. We could stand to improve our grasp on compunding interest, and general statistics; but beyond that we don't really use a lot of math in our day to day lives. What this study reveals is not that Americans are stupid or uneducated. It's that there is a fundamental disconnect between schooling and real life. Perhaps we should be teaching a more practical course in mathematics to children. Maybe it's more important that most people know the difference between an 11% risk and a 0.11% risk, than it is to know the ins and outs of scientific notation (also important, but most of us really don't use numbers that big or that small).

IvoryDove 4 weeks

70 years of unionized public education has led to this. When I was in 7th grade, I couldn't get into 8th grade unless I was at 7th grade level. Now, it's "all teachers get paid for the number of years they've taught!" and not "paid for the quality of the teacher".

Antifa are terrorists
Antifa are terrorists 4 weeks

The American public school system is a tax embezzlement scam used to launder money into the the coffers of DNC political campaigns. They don't give a flip whether or not your child learns algebra.

JustSomeGuy 4 weeks

And my guess that people's reading comprehension is at a similar or even lower grade level. How many people simply read a clickbait headline and then don't bother to read a long article that goes into considerably more detail. For example, Trump's leaked tax returns... But I digress...

yuckycrumpet 4 weeks

If they’re that bad at such simple subjects imagine how bad they are at other subjects like science. Wait did I say imagine? How silly. Why imagine when we can simply observe living examples like these... *points to anti maskers*. It makes sense.

Tim Baker
Tim Baker 4 weeks

Considering how common core math is taught I can see why parents are lost. I was never good at all with math and that's back in the 80's and early 90's. Common core is just like reading a foreign language to me.

K3719er 3 weeks

Im not really surprised. Knowing math and science formulas are perishable skills. I did very well in Calc and physics in bot highschool and college, but that was almost 20 years ago, and Im not exactly calculating anti derrivitaves on a daily basis. I would certainly have to look up stuff to remind myself how to do it. Its just not a big part of most peoples lives 🤷‍♂️

ken taro
ken taro 3 weeks

wonder if this has anything to do with the current breakdown of epistemology 🤔

Jack 4 weeks

It’s definitely not limited to Math.

Noah PaulOG
Noah PaulOG 4 weeks

Common core is terrible! Ebonics all over.

Seekster 4 weeks

I believe this is probably accurate.

Andrew Kenney
Andrew Kenney 4 weeks

That's just sad

atlas shrugged
atlas shrugged 4 weeks

F that common core!

William 3 weeks

The whole K-12 system has is exactly the way education should not be taught. Not all students achieve at the same level, being held back is unfair, to those student's lost opportunities. Giving students a pass by shoddy teachers who look the other way and grade on a curve is like bogus affirmative action and diversity quotas.

saad 3 weeks

US has the highest percentage of people believing that the Earth is 6000 years old and that Dinosaurs lived with man.

Ironborn Pyke
Ironborn Pyke 3 weeks

Many students are just passed on from grade to grade, avg reading level is grade 4 to a high of grade 8. How can they be expected to succeed, understand higher level concepts or think critically? But it does produce the sheeple around us.

Dust Phoxner
Dust Phoxner 3 weeks

How many people really rember that much from schooling? The Only reasom I'm good at math is because my mother sat down with me and had me do worksmbooks that were fun. I really wish my mom home schooled me id probaly be more successful.

Maggie 3 weeks

To maintain knowledge one must practice and use it. Like others have replied, if it's not needed in our daily lives we will not retain it. Its no sad and it doesn't make us under educated. It means what we were spoon fed as necessary wasn't necessary for all. I have 2 bright beautiful kids. On can read, learn and retain a lesson in one session and ace the unit test. The second has to review the lesson frequently to keep it retained until the test. Both are so smart but their learning and retaining are different. To sum this up....pun intended. We should bash anyone and we should remember that this headline is just an attention getter. Its has no barring on true lives. I would be no better at my job if I was still able to do calculous. Yet I live a wonderful life.

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