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Is Your Teen on the Right Math Track to Fulfill Their College Bound Dreams?

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Is Your Teen on the Right Math Track to Fulfill Their College Bound Dreams?

 
Did you ride the school bus? I did and I learned a lot. Like seat loyalty, never miss your stop (coming or going) and the importance of being on time – always. But, that’s not all I learned. 
Once we got off the school bus a lot of us parted ways, some people I didn’t see again until the end of the school day. It wasn’t until we got back on the bus that I figured out why.  It’s easy to see what classes someone is taking when they carry their books in their arms.  Somehow I was under the naïve impression that everyone took the same courses.  That is until I noticed that some people on the bus didn’t have books like mine.  In ninth grade my math book said Algebra.  One young brother that rode my bus was at least a good two years ahead of me, and his math book said ‘Applied Math’. No judgment here. After fractions my brain would frequently lock up.  I believe I only I persevered in math for three reasons: my parents made me, they provided me tutors and I knew that none of my colleges of choice would take me with Applied math on my transcript. 
A recent report, by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) suggests:
  • high school students who complete higher level mathematics courses are more likely to attend college than are those who complete lower level mathematics courses and are more likely to graduate from college. 
In 2009 NCES reported that:
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ninth grade algebra math geometry parents high school
 
ninth grade algebra math geometry parents high school
 
It’s not a surprise that the research also found that:
  • students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds than from lower socioeconomic backgrounds took higher levels of high school mathematics and reported that their mathematics coursetaking is motivated by college, parent encouragement, and school encouragement. 
Particularly since research has consistently proven that standardized test scores are an indication of a parent’s educational background and income.  Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure of haggling over which course is the ‘right’ math course with your know it all teen. If you’re lucky you have a teen that understands that higher level math is, more than likely, a must in order that they fulfill their dreams to put them on the path for a bright future.

 

Do your teens understand the importance of taking higher level math in high school?

 

 

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