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Survey (on Science Education) Says!

A recent survey shows about 53 percent of parents of school-aged kids need help to support their children's interest in science, reports ScienceBlog. Only 51 percent of parents say they are "very familiar" with what their children are learning in science, and only 15 percent say they feel "most comfortable" discussing it with their kids, while they show a greater familiarity and comfort with other subjects like humanities and math, says the survey, which was conducted by the National Science Teachers Association and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Part of the problem may be that there is a lack of resources and community involvement; more than half of the science teachers surveyed say that parents don't have access to the materials or community resources they need to encourage their kids in the sciences. And 78 percent of parents say they would encourage their child's interest if they had a place in the community where they could take their children to learn more about science, ScienceBlog adds.

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