The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that old saw is apparently the case when it comes to tacking tough school subjects, too, according to a new survey.
The non-scientific poll of 2,000 parents that was sponsored by the educational site Sphero shows that 56% of parents struggled with math in school — and 51% of their kids feel the same way.
Twenty-six percent of parents didn’t dig science, and 25% of their kids also found it challenging. English/Language Arts posed a problem for 21% of parents and 27% of their kids.
That said, both parents and kids alike felt challenged by subjects that didn’t reflect their interests. Eighty-four percent of parents said they would have liked school better if it included more interactive activities. Thirty-two percent of students said they grasp concepts better when they’re working on such lessons.
For kids, 32% said their “best day at school” involves them pairing up with pals for a group project — even more so than the 19% who thought seeing that TV rolled into the class meant a fun class ahead.
With the difficulties brought about by the pandemic, 70% of the parents polled said remote learning has made it more difficult for their children to learn certain subjects, including math (57%), science (39%) and English/Language Arts (32%).
That said, nearly two-thirds of parents say they’ve seen their kids spark to a subject they didn’t have interest in prior to pandemic-era learning.