The average Australian parent finished high school at least 14 years ago, so it’s not surprising that 88% of mothers and fathers admit they’re unable to always help their children with school homework.
A new study from Yourtutor.com.au reveals that although one third of Australian children struggle with homework at least weekly, most parents aren’t able to offer a solution.
Lack of time, inadequate levels of knowledge, and an inability to afford support services were the main reasons for the barrier, with 62% of parents with teens stressing that times had drastically changed since they were their children’s age.
“While parents have the best intentions, they’re often not able to help and this can lead to stress and arguments within families,” say Jack Goodman, father of three and Founder of Yourtutor.com.au.
It’s no surprise that maths and science are the two subjects stumping the highest number of parents, with 60% admitting these are their biggest struggle.
39% of mums and dads also reveal that they aren’t even able to understand primary level maths homework.
But before parents get too concerned, Mr Goodman adds, “STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) may be the hardest for parents to assist with, however a lot of the time they’re the simplest subjects for teachers and tutors to explain to students, so even if you aren’t able to help, there is generally someone who is.”