Magazine article Curriculum Review

Parents Link Potential for Academic Success to Technological Competence

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Parents Link Potential for Academic Success to Technological Competence

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In fall 2006 the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) shared results from a Roper Public Opinion Poll looking at the pressures parents face in raising the next generation of kids. According to the survey, 91% of parents feel that parents are preparing children for success in school at very young ages and nearly 70% of parents agreed that if their child does not know how to use media technologies they will fall behind in school. Additionally, low income families face unique challenges to help prepare their children for success in life, according to a Roper Public Affairs & Media survey of 1,001 parents with children ages 2-11.

Four out of five parents agreed that their child's media usage will help them succeed in school. Nearly 93% agreed that media allows a child to learn new and fascinating things, and over half agreed that their child's media use is just as beneficial as an extracurricular activity. While 95% of parents feel responsible for continuing their child's learning at home, 57% feel it is the school's responsibility to prepare children to use new technologies. …

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