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70 percent of surveyed parents said that it's harder for them to solve their kid's math homework today

By People Staff
January 28, 2021 02:45 PM
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More than half of American parents feel hopeless when trying to help their kid with homework, according to new research.

And two-thirds of parents will even turn to Google to figure out how to help their child with schoolwork.

A survey of 2,000 American parents with school-aged children asked how sharp their math skills were and how they approach their kid's assignments.

Results found that although 79 percent of parents surveyed can recall the things they learned in school, nearly as many (70 percent) parents said it's harder for them to solve their kid's math homework today.

Putting those skills to the test, an average of respondents were able to correctly solve equations within the survey — and barely half (51 percent) of parents recalled the proper order of operations (PEMDAS).

Three-quarters of American parents said they can do basic math in their heads, and on average, they'll use mental math five times per day.

Yet just as many (75 percent) will still use a calculator to double-check their mental math.

Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Photomath, a homework assistance app designed to explain math problems and teach math concepts, the survey found that while parents may feel comfortable in their own math skills, they are less confident helping their kids with homework.

On average, kids will ask their parents for homework help five times per week. When this happens, more than six in 10 (63 percent) parental couples will negotiate who is going to help their child with homework.

For 85 percent of them, the negotiations have led to a full-fledged argument.

Fifty-four percent of parents will try to find a way to get out of helping their kid with homework.

Parents have claimed to be too tired, busy doing chores, stuck on work calls, and in one instance, "I've claimed I need to go emergency grocery shopping."

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Results also revealed 65 percent of parents surveyed said they don't remember math being so hard when they were in school.

When asked what best describes why math seems harder, 56 percent said their child is learning math differently than they did.

For 41 percent of parents, math seems harder because they only retained math that they use on a daily basis — meanwhile, 39 percent didn't keep up-to-date with math at all.

Two-thirds of parents said classes and subjects they struggled with in school give them stress/tension even now when they are helping their kid with homework.