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Parent & Child: The Importance of Science

Parent & Child
The Importance of Science

Science provides skills that will help your child not only to know more about the world, but also to think more clearly, to achieve more in school, and to enjoy more career choices and earn more money after graduation. That's why it's important for your child to have a strong foundation in science in elementary and middle school, and to take demanding science courses in high school. Consider these facts:
Students who take rigorous courses succeed more in life. Research by the U.S. Department of Education shows that high school students who follow a rigorous course of study, including lab sciences and higher math, are nearly twice as likely to graduate from college as those who do not. They also earn an average of 13.1 percent more than other graduates, regardless of whether or not they attend college. And they enjoy more choices in job, careers, and post-secondary education.
Science teaches your child to think. Science is about understanding how to observe things, see patterns, and discover how they work. It demands verbal, math, reasoning, and communications skills. A student trained in science has a mind that can approach information in a disciplined, systematic way-something he or she can later use in music, auto mechanics, medicine, teaching or any other field.
Science gives your child more career prospects. Engineering, for example, is America's second largest profession, employing more people than any other field except for teaching. And science-and technology-related careers are the fastest-growing job sectors. Moreover, practically any career today requires skills learned from science, whether it's a job in health care, landscaping, or information management.
Science helps your child's skills for the SAT and getting into college. Science teaches a combination of verbal, math, and analytical skills that require students to think symbolically, use analogies, and see different levels of meaning in looking at problems. That's precisely the blend of skills that can help your child to do better on college admissions test such as the SAT. Not only that, college recruiters are impressed when they see higher-level science courses on a student's high school transcript.
Make certain that your child gets a strong start in science. Look for evidence that your child is getting the "science basics" in elementary school. Be sure that your middle-schooler is getting preparation for high school science courses. And see that your high-schooler takes a rigorous science course load, including biology, chemistry, and physics. Later in life, your child will thank you!

June Streckfus is the Executive Director for the Maryland business Roundtable for Education. The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education is a statewide coalition of m ore than 100 major Maryland employers committed to improving student achievement in the state. For more information, please call 410-727-0448 or visit www.mbrt.org.

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