Time: Parents should tell their kids about math, science and history, and to keep them engaged with science.
But how to teach math and science to children is still a mystery, according to a new report by the Child Trends Research Center at the University of Southern California.
In the report, titled “The Science of Math,” researchers analyzed more than 4,000 standardized tests from the last two decades and found that while the majority of students who took standardized tests in the 1970s and 1980s did not know how to solve problems or write a report, today’s children know more math than ever before.
Math scores, for example, are up nearly 15 points since the 1980s, according the report.
In addition, more than 90 percent of the students surveyed reported having been taught to think about their solutions as solutions rather than solutions as a matter of course.
It is not surprising that children have mastered math, said lead author and Child Trends researcher Jennifer R. O’Brien, a researcher at the UCLA Center for Child and Adolescent Studies.
They have learned that solutions are the way to go and that they have to find the solutions.
“Children today know they can get ahead by solving problems,” O’Brian said.
“They don’t need to be told what to do.”
The research also found that the number of standardized tests taken by children has risen in recent years.
In 2010, there were fewer than 8,000 tests taken nationally, and in 2014 there were more than 11,000.
Teachers have to spend time teaching children about math and the sciences, but the research suggests that this can be confusing. O