Last Updated: 10/30/2012*

Yes! Math Does Matter.

Parents see math as a stepping stone to future success, according to a new survey commissioned by Raytheon Company.

As statistics show American students lagging behind their international peers in math performance, Raytheon’s “Parent Survey about Math Learning and Future Success” examined the perspectives of 1,000 parents of children ages 6-15 on their children’s math-related study habits, attitudes and priorities.

Among the key survey findings:

  • More than half of parents say that being good at math will help their children achieve future success – and they see a promising future for their children in science-and-math based industries (careers in computer science, biology/healthcare, engineering and accounting/finance ranked one through four, respectively).
  • However, when it comes to free time, close to half (46 percent) of parents prefer to have their children playing sports than engaging in other types of activities, including math-and-science related pursuits.
  • The survey found parents believe their children are on the right track: more than 8 in 10 parents (86 percent) said their children love school, and 7 in 10 (72 percent) said their children love math.

Raytheon is committed to providing parents with the resources to help their children discover the exciting and challenging opportunities in STEM-related careers. Since 2005, the company has invested $72 million through the company’s flagship STEM program, MathMovesU®, with the goal of capturing the interest of students to engage them in a lifetime of STEM learning and career pursuits.

Raytheon has developed a wide array of programs to support students, educators and parents throughout the academic life cycle. The MathMovesU program includes interactive and hands-on learning environments to engage students; a statistical modeling tool to support school administrators as they plan education investments; scholarships and training for both students and teachers; mentoring by employees to supplement classroom learning; and strategic partnerships with organizations seeking to create solutions to address the national STEM crisis.

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