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September 29, 2009

Kids Poll: Hoops More Likely Than Honor Roll

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Have you wept for the future yet today? No? Then read this: AMERICAN KIDS THINK THEY’RE MORE LIKELY TO BECOME FAMOUS THAN TO USE MATH AS ADULTS.

A study that Wakefield conducted on behalf of Nintendo’s Personal Trainer: Math found that more than one in five (21%) kids think that they’re more likely to be famous when they grow up than they are to use math as adults – meaning that kids think they’re more likely to be the next Miley Cyrus or LeBron James than to use addition and subtraction at the supermarket.

Are your eyes bleeding yet? If not, then consider that more than one in five kids (22%) think that they’re more likely to grow up to become a professional athlete, actress or singer than they are to get all As and Bs in math next year.

Maybe they get it from their parents since more than half (52%) of parents say that when they were kids, they thought that they’d never need the math that they learned in school. In fact, nearly two in ten (19%) parents thought that they were more likely to grow up to become famous than they were to grow up and use math every day.

By the way, nearly nine in ten (86%) parents say that math is important in their careers, so you can see how that worked out.