More than half of parents have struggled with the same school subject as their children now, according to a new study.

A recent survey of 2,000 parents found that 56% felt the most overwhelmed by math lessons when they were in school, while 51% of their school-aged children feel the same today. hui.


Children struggle with same school subjects, new study foundCredit: Getty
The most difficult subjects are math, science and English


The most difficult subjects are math, science and EnglishCredit: Getty

Other subjects that were problematic for both groups were science (26 percent and 25 percent) and English / language arts (21 percent and 27 percent).

It turns out that an intergenerational issue may be to blame: Parents and children alike said their most sensitive topic was unrelated to their day-to-day interests or activities, and books were difficult to understand.

When asked to recall a favorite class or lesson from their school years, parents cited fond memories of pottery making, edible “cooking science”, and learning to play the trumpet.

One parent recalled a class where “we made a baking soda rocket and threw it outside several times”, while another cited a workshop where they “built a lot of wooden things: birdhouse, plaques, panels, miniature cars and puzzles ”.

And 84% think they would have scored better if their school subjects had been more interactive or had included lessons and fun activities.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sphero, the study also asked children ages six and older about what makes learning fun.

For 32% of children, a “best day at school” is teaming up with their friends for a group project, more than watching a video in class (19%).

More than half said they retained information better through tangible learning or hands-on experience of a topic, more than writing or speaking it (32%).

Children also gave teachers credit for making difficult subjects more enjoyable by creating fun activities and lessons (61%) and using real-life examples that made sense to them (55%).

To make learning fun for their children, more than half of parents do their homework with them and find educational tools or programs online.

And 87% of parents would be open to new activities to try at home if it improved their child’s performance in school.

“It’s interesting that parents and children struggled with the same subjects in school for similar reasons,” said Paul Copioli, CEO of Sphero.

“Our study shows that the way information is presented to students can make a huge difference in how they perceive different areas of education, including more difficult subjects like math and science.

Seven in ten parents also said that learning from a distance or in a non-traditional classroom environment made it more difficult for their children to master certain subjects.

This includes math (57%), science (39%), and English / language arts (32%).

However, almost two-thirds noted that over the past two years, they have seen their children become more interested in a topic that they were not previously interested in.

Fifty-five percent attribute the new interest to an engaging teacher, and 51 percent said their children learned in a new way.

“A collaborative and hands-on approach to education not only helps students rediscover their love for learning, but also keeps them engaged and interested in new subjects,” added Copioli.

“Even subjects that children may have difficulty with, like math and science, can become enjoyable when you add fun activities and interactive, hands-on tools to their learning environment. “

Children are interested in subjects they hated before


Children are interested in subjects they hated beforeCredit: Getty

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