Focusing on Math Adds Up: Raytheon Survey Shows Parents Believe Math is
Critical to Children's Future Success
Parents expect math skills to trump athletic ability and social skills in
helping their children achieve the promise of tomorrow
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 1, 2012
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --A majority of parents questioned
believe math is an important factor in defining their children's future
success, according to a survey released today by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).
Raytheon's "Parent Survey about Math Learning and Future Success" reported
that 53 percent of parents said being good at math eclipsed being outgoing (42
percent) and being good at sports (5 percent) as traits the parents believe
would help their children succeed in life.
As statistics show American students lagging behind their international peers
in math performance, Raytheon commissioned a survey of 1,000 parents of
children between the ages of 6 and 15 aimed at further understanding their
perspective on their children's math-related study habits, attitudes and
"The United States faces a national STEM crisis that affects our country's
economic prosperity and national security. We believe capturing the interest
of students in their formative years is key to engaging them in a lifetime of
STEM learning and career pursuits — and parental involvement is vital to
shaping their children's attitudes," said William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO
of Raytheon Company. "For the past seven years Raytheon has directed
significant resources toward inspiring students to make the connection between
math and the wonders of the world around them."
Raytheon commissioned the "Parent Survey about Math Learning and Future
Success" as part of its longstanding science, technology, engineering and math
(STEM) education initiative. Raytheon supports students, educators and parents
throughout the academic life cycle. With a solutions-oriented approach to
improving STEM education, the company has developed a wide array of programs,
including 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 generate awareness of the
Key Survey Findings
Among the key survey findings:
oMore 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.
oWhen asked to select an industry that would offer their children the
best career opportunities, 3 out of 4 parents chose STEM-related
oOn the other hand, 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.
oThe 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.
oHowever, parent responses show there is a drop in math interest as
children move from elementary to middle school (from 77 percent to 67
oParents were aware of opportunities to help their children with math: 4
out of 5 parents believed hands-on activities such as cooking, sewing and
building projects can make math fun.
"These survey findings are very encouraging. They show that parents have a
clear vision about the importance of math in their children's future
opportunities," said Pamela Erickson, Raytheon's vice president of Community
Relations. "With job growth in science, technology, engineering and math
outpacing non-STEM-related jobs, Raytheon remains committed to helping parents
and teachers guide their students toward the exciting and challenging
opportunities awaiting them in STEM-related careers."
Since 2005, Raytheon has invested $72 million through the company's flagship
STEM program, MathMovesU^®. Raytheon employees dedicate their time to raise
STEM awareness, helping MathMovesU reach more than three million students,
teachers and parents. To learn more about MathMovesU and to view the survey's
executive summary, visit www.raytheon.com.
The Raytheon "Parent Survey about Math Learning and Future Success" was
fielded by Koski Research, and responses were generated from a survey of 1,000
parents of children ages 6-15 using a national online sample. All parents were
geographically represented and living in the U.S. The survey's margin of error
is 3 percent.
Raytheon's MathMovesU^® program is an initiative committed to increasing
middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education
by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs
of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!™;
Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot^®, which
showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill
ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with
the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by
Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS^® National
Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow
MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
SOURCE Raytheon Company
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.