Education Week: Parents Schooled in Learning How to Help With Math Efforts to encourage parents' engagement in other subjects, such as reading and science, are common and can pay dividends, said Jacqueline Barber, the director of the center for curriculum development and implementation at the Lawrence Hall of Science, in California. Yet schools tend to place a special focus on math because so many families and students seem to 'have a block against it,' she noted.The problem isn't the math. It is the upper level trig and at. Whew. But all should not be lost on the other topics and subjects. Some can't help a lick with math but could be serious contributors in other areas, such as sports, band and the arts.
Lawrence Hall, which is the public science center at the University of California, Berkeley, was heavily involved in establishing family math nights in the 1980s. Those forums have grown more popular in recent years, as have other endeavors to encourage parent involvement in math, she said.
One contributing factor has been a requirement by some schools that parents sign contracts to help their children with homework or take an active role in their academic work, Ms. Barber said. The introduction of new and unfamiliar math curricula, sometimes called "reform" approaches, has also compelled districts like Prince William to connect more with parents, she said.
"There's a recognition that we need to bring parents along in that way," Ms. Barber said.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Family math nights. Humm. Been there. Done that. Son, go ask your mother.