Parents across Canada are increasingly voicing concerns about the state of math education in the country. According to a recent Canadian Education Association survey, more than 70% of parents are concerned about their children’s math proficiency. The question that’s been on their minds is: why are these concerns emerging, and what can be done to address them?
Changing the math curriculum
One significant cause of parental anxiety is the evolving math curriculum in Canadian schools. For parents, this change can leave parents feeling unprepared to assist their children with their math homework studies. Many parents are eager to help their children with their homework but are unsure about how to bridge the gap between their understanding and the new curriculum.
Declining performance on international assessments
Another major source of concern stems from the performance of Canadian students on international assessments such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). While Canada has fared well historically, there has been a noticeable decline in math scores in recent years, raising questions about the effectiveness of math education in the country.
Addressing parental concerns
The above concerns highlight the need for improved communication between schools, educators, and parents. Schools can offer resources and workshops to help parents understand the changes in the curriculum.
Parents themselves can actively participate in addressing these concerns by engaging in open conversations with teachers, attending parent-teacher meetings, and, most importantly, seeking out supplementary educational resources to better support their children’s math education.
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