Fathers believe helping their children excel in school is one of their primary roles according to a recent survey by Ipsos Public Affairs for Kumon Math and Reading Centers. As America prepares to celebrate Father’s Day on June 21st, the survey finds today’s dads are more active in their children’s academic development compared to their own fathers.  A recent educational survey of more than 1,000 American parents with children ages five to 15 found that 50 percent of dads say they are the ones who most motivate their children to do their homework, indicating that dads feel they are as likely as moms to help with schoolwork. This is quite different from previous generations. Only nine percent of these same parents chose their own father when asked who motivated them to complete their homework when they were growing up.  “In a world of dual income families it is inspiring to see fathers taking a leading role along with mothers in their children’s education,” says Dr. Mary Mokris, education specialist for Kumon Math and Reading Centers. “Fathers are actively addressing their children’s academic needs all year round.”  Kumon Math and Reading Centers shares other dad highlights from the survey:

  • Fathers who volunteer with their children spend an average of 2.78 hours per week volunteering together.
  • More than eight in ten dads feel confident helping their children with math, history, geography or science homework.
  • Ninety-eight percent of dads personally help their children when he or she experiences a problem with homework.
  • Three out of four dads are aware of summer learning opportunities for their children.
  • Six out of ten dads enroll their children in an organized learning program for at least one week over the summer.
  • More than 30 percent of dads enroll their children in supplemental education programs such as tutoring or summer camp to keep their skills sharp during the summer.