A Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents

The Wall Street Journal:

Parents who hate math often fear raising kids who will feel the same.

Tammy Jolley is one of them—”a horrible math-phobic,” she says. After struggling through algebra and statistics in high school and college, helping her 9-year-old son Jake with math homework makes her “feel like saying, ‘Aaarghh, this is hard! I know why you don’t get it,’ ” says the Madison, Ala., state-court official. Instead, she forces herself to encourage Jake.

Ongoing research is shedding new light on the importance of math to children’s success. Math skill at kindergarten entry is an even stronger predictor of later school achievement than reading skills or the ability to pay attention, according to a 2007 study in the journal Developmental Psychology.

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