Without these how could a student score high enough on the SAT math exam to get into the university? How could an eighteen or nineteen year old not know how to convert 2/3 to a decimal? How could these kids who probably had some part-time job be so innumerate? Would parents not be aware and sit their teen-ager down and teach him or her basic math skills necessary for survival?
Parents see the C’s, D’s and F’s in math on elementary, middle and high school report cards. Your child is failing math? It is your responsibility is to sit down and teach your son or daughter basic math skills. Without these, your child is doomed to struggle in school.
You can’t be a responsible, functioning adult without basic math skills. Math skills are a requisite for any number of rewarding careers. You can’t be an architect, engineer or a financial whiz without knowing how to compute fractions, decimals and percentages. You can’t manage a household budget or do smart comparision shopping without basic math skills. You can’t be a good parent without these.
Parents, invest in your child’s early years. A third grader who knows his/her times tables and knows how to read (and hopefully enjoys reading because YOU love to read) will most likely graduate from high school. Competent third graders become competent high school students. Parents, it is up to you to instill a love of learning and ensure your child’s success in school. A parent is a child’s first and primary teacher.
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