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37 Responses to Is It A Parents Job To Teach Their Kids Math?

  1. Profile photo of patchgrabber
    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    June 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm
    Link: Is It A Parents Job To Teach Their Kids Math? - Parents are being forced to help tutor their kids through a confusing curriculum. Shouldn`t the teachers be doing that?
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    June 20, 2012 at 11:22 am
    parents, `We should not have to be involved at all with our children`s schoolwork".

    School, "This attitude is why today`s children are morons".

    the end.
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    LemonTarte Female 18-29
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    June 20, 2012 at 11:23 am
    An someone with Indian answer is yes. Drill that sh*t into your child`s head as early as possible. That`s the only way to learn math. If you rely on the school system your kid will be learning pre-algebra in the 8th grade instead of the 5th or 6th grade like most countries.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

    If you don`t want to be involved in your darling little snowflakes education,
    you better be prepared to support them when they`re adults.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    June 20, 2012 at 11:42 am
    I didn`t read the link, but I will answer the question: "Is It A Parents Job To Teach Their Kids Math?" Answer: Yes.

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    tehbionic Female 18-29
    313 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 11:49 am
    That`s why people are so drating stupid today, because parents don`t care to help and they don`t want to help. If you think you shouldn`t have to help your OWN CHILD with homework, don`t drating have children.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    June 20, 2012 at 11:49 am
    PS - I have three kids. Who do you think taught them how to read, write, add, subtract, multiply, divide, convert decimals to percentage, oldest boy is 7. When he`s ready for trigonometry and calculus I`ll teach him that, too. My wife volunteered at his school to teach the five most advanced students (out of about 50 from two classes) more complex math because the school wasn`t teaching what they were ready to learn. So, yes, it is the parents job to teach math.
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    tehbionic Female 18-29
    313 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 11:51 am
    Holy poo. She is a MATH PROFESSOR and she thinks her children`s ELEMENTARY school books are confusing.
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    June 20, 2012 at 11:54 am
    here is what`s going on over the other side of the pond. Also, educating children is a joint effort between parents and schools: any parent who doesn`t feel it is their responsibility to help teach their own children need to re think things imho
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    tehbionic Female 18-29
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    June 20, 2012 at 11:58 am
    After reading a little, it`s a bunch of people talking about how the Canadian math system is broken and teachers are being forced to teach in new ways that might not make sense. Misleading title is misleading, stupid parents bitching about helping their children with their homework are stupid.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17516 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    Parents should be involved with their kids education at all levels. Unless the parents are complete morons that can`t do math themselves.

    If your mamma is like the `Waterboy`s` ("Ben Franklin is the devil!") then perhaps you should find a smart friend and study at their house.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7256 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    My issue was that the maths taught in school to my kids made no sense at all to me- it was gibberish. I can do maths and am by no means stupid- but this stuff was not to do with numbers..
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    BlazingBird Male 13-17
    98 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    "Crisis" is so often overused.
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    June 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    Students can do math however they want.

    Memorizing 9X9



    But the school should teach a basic curriculum and the parents can help the students come up with their own way

    Not teach EVERY student a round about way from the beginning
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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3677 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    no, it is NOT the parents` job to teach but they do have to pay attention. why are we paying teachers? just to babysit? if my (new) kid can`t read or add and subtract after a year of school, i`ll pull her out and educate her myself. luckily i`m older, don`t have other school-age kids, and have a flexible schedule. but other people aren`t so lucky.

    twenty years ago my sister had twin boys, an infant daughter, and a full-time job. yet it was expected that she educate those boys herself. i said it then and i`ll say it again, what do the teachers do with them all day?

    when we were in school nuns actually TAUGHT us and didn`t expect our parents to do so. and that was in the good old glory days when moms weren`t required to work at least one job to hold the family together.

    at every job i`ve ever held i`ve been responsible for conforming to certain production standards. why are teachers not held to the same standards?
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    Maybe I should clarify a bit: The point I`m trying to make is that while parents should be involved in their child`s learning, the new methods teachers are learning to use are stupid and unnecessary. It`s bad when a parent can`t even understand what they`re trying to do, and it`s not as simple as a parent saying "well just do it my way." The children are forced to use these new methods, so teaching a child your own way doesn`t work, so the parents have to learn the new alternative ways which are a bunch of BS.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
    1586 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm
    This is the down side of the educational system. As a teacher they drill it into your head that you have to use "differentiated education." If you don`t teach the lesson 25 different ways so that every child understands then you are doing it all wrong. Some kids just don`t care and don`t want to learn.
    Parents have just as much responsibility in their child`s education as the teacher does, but most of them don`t want to accept that.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
    2423 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    They`ve managed to turn mathematics into numerology. Congratulations.
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    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
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    June 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    Heaven forbid that parents take an active interest in their children beyond feed it junk food, let it wear baggy pants and a sideways baseball cap or outfits that are better suited for streetcorner whores, and buying it an xbox.
    Your children`s education is your job and always has been.
    The reason schools have taken on more and more regarding the upbringing of your kids, is because you`ve taken on less and less.
    So you have to understand the method used by the school system. So you have to go over things with your kid. So you have to make sure your kid understands the material and does the homework.
    It`s your damn kid. If you can`t be bothered to do what`s right by your kid, either admit it or roll your sleeves up and put the time in.
    If, in order to bring up a properly socialized, healthy, well educated child, you have to find a job that allows you the time, live in less desirable conditions and drive an older car- that`s what you do.

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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    35669 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    On the other hand, when parents get involved the schools are forced to drop evolution and teach creation myth instead.

    So.... screw it, kids are doomed either way.
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    WizardofCOR Male 40-49
    155 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    An elementary mathematical curriculum that confuses college math professors. Brilliant.
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    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    I read through about half of the article and I have to say, the link`s description is very misleading. I do think that part of being a parent is being involved in your child`s education. When I was just a wee tot, my mom (who worked full time as a 3rd shift LPN, btw) always made time to sit down with me and go over the things I had learned in pre-school and kindergarten. If I had trouble grasping concepts she helped me work it out by coming up with a way for me to understand the lessons. I distinctly remember using little piles of cereal as a visual aid when learning elementary math. But then again, everyone was taught one basic way and if you had trouble with that then you enlisted your parents or teacher to help you figure out a better method. I understand that different people learn differently, but teaching one concept 50 different ways only adds to the confusion. Teach one basic method and then get into alternative methods only with those who need it.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    5623 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    The gist of the article is not `should it be a parents job to teach their kids mat`, but `should they HAVE to teach the kids math because the school system is NOT`.

    In an effort to make sure no child`s feelings is ever hurt, they come up with `new` ways to teach subjects.

    The fact that they try to do that with MATH just shows how idiotic the system has gotten.

    Math is basic. Math is the very base of science itself. If we ever meet an alien species, the most probable avenue to opening communication will probably be based on math.

    Math is some variation of addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (x) and division (/).

    All teaching should be to teach the basics, and expound on that. Teach that 2+2=4, then expound that 2+2 is >3 but <5.

    No grids, (unless it graphing), no

    Anytime some `professor/organizer` has an `idea` on how it should be taught `different/better` with an `alternative method`, he should be pub
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    5623 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    I tutored my neice through Algebra, Geometry and Trig. She was having touble with the methods of the teachers at that school.

    I only had to go over any concept ONCE. She understood immediately. She asked `Why doesn`t my teacher explain it in the logical way you do?`.

    My reply? "Because SOMEONE much more intelligent than ME told HER that YOU (and your classmates) were not intelligent enough to understand logic."
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    Viking864 Male 40-49
    1442 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm
    It`s a parent`s job to be a parent. If the school is lacking them move the child. I helped create my kids and I view it as my job to make sure they get all the tools they need to live on their own and make good decisions.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
    1586 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm
    Most of the people saying that it`s a school`s job to teach seem to forget the concept of homework. I can sit in front of the class and explain until my tongue falls out, but if a kid doesn`t practice the concepts they will never understand them. This is where the parents come in. They need to make sure that their kids are doing the homework assigned so that they understand the concepts.
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    Groogle Male 30-39
    2173 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    Education in canada has gone to the crapper. Seriously, go meet your kids teachers. Do it while they`re not teaching and dont warn them in advance.

    Go see the douchebags that are hired to teach your childrens how to take care of this world in the future and tell me that there is nothing wrong here.

    They have found a way to kill us all people. In the future there wont be canadians anymore... i`m wondering to what extent this is spreading but I fear it has hit america too.

    Get to know your kids teachers. Your kids are your future too. You deserve to know.
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    paperduck Male 18-29
    1745 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm
    i don`t what to think of this article, i`ve seen parents that like to complain about everything teachers do and those that don`t give a poo about their kid`s education. who knows what`s going on here?
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15845 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    Reason number 211 to abolish government schools.
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    mon360 Male 13-17
    735 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm
    psh, i can teach myself math and i would if the schools didn`t make me hate learning so much
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
    1035 posts
    June 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm
    Well if we dont get it damn straight our kids dont need to learn it. thing you know they`ll be learning this whole new `science` thing.
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    New_Guy Male 30-39
    406 posts
    June 21, 2012 at 2:46 am
    @mon360 well we need factory workers I guess.
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
    2602 posts
    June 21, 2012 at 6:59 am
    Maths is all differently-taught nowadays, or so I read. They don`t do long division by the same method taught when I was at primary school, for example. I`ve no opinion on whether the methods they use now are better or worse than the ones I was taught: they`re merely different ways of doing the same thing. I think they should just put Vi Hart in charge of all maths teaching for schools. Problem solved.
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    OutWest Male 50-59
    546 posts
    June 21, 2012 at 7:15 am
    We all know teachers are required to teach the following in order.

    Self Esteem
    Political Correctness
    Liberal politics
    Minorities studies
    LBGTA agenda
    anti-US Military History
    The USA causes all the worlds problems past, present, and future.
    Teacher`s are underpaid, must be appreciated.
    Self Esteem.

    The basics began to change starting in the 60`s.

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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    June 21, 2012 at 9:32 am
    @MeGrendel: Your posts illustrated my point precisely. Perhaps I should have used a more fitting title.

    A friend of mine was studying to become a teacher, specializing in chemistry. They had an assignment to do that they were being forced to apply to their classes that they were teaching to high school students. The assignment was to shoehorn aboriginal culture into their class/lab. My friend had to do this in her lab on titration. She had no idea how to inject that culture into a titration experiment. It was a ridiculous assignment and just one example of the idiotic methods teachers are being forced to use.
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
    2688 posts
    June 21, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Can we all agree to stop teaching any core subjects in public schools for a few years and focus completely on character education (empathy, compassion, manners, etc.)

    Sure we`ll have a dumb generation, but they will be kind to each other!!

    Then! We can go back to schooling THEIR kids who, hopefully, learned all the good behaviors from their parents, and then we will have both once again.

    Sort of like cleaning out and starting fresh...
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    photomstr Male 50-59
    766 posts
    June 25, 2012 at 10:00 am
    I am embarrassed. This type of thinking arose in california and sadly Canada has embraced the stupidity wholeheartedly. Soon our children will be as stupid and sick as `mercan children. What with all the drugs in milk and meat and genetically modified wheat and corn . . . Mulrooney sold us down the river. We got F U C K E D in NAFTA . . . now they wanna sell us way over priced jets that kill pilots. Welcome to `merca. Oh, our health care aint free neither - we are taxed to hell and back!

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