Parent Perspectives on Math and Science

Publication date: 
April, 2017
Science Everywhere

Parent Perspectives on Math and Science

In February/March 2017, Overdeck Family Foundation and the Simons Foundation commissioned a survey on behalf of their Science Everywhere campaign to determine how parents of school-aged children view math and science in relation to other academic subjects.

The findings show that though children enjoy math and science, parents generally rank these subjects lower than reading and writing in terms of importance and relevance.

Science in particular was notably less valued than the others, suggesting that rigid definitions of “science” limit interest and engagement for both parents and children.

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