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Are You Prepared for the College Math Tax?

College Math Tax

If you’re like virtually all parents, what you want most is for your kids to have a better life than you did.

Even so, there’s something you may have never thought about that will have an impact for the rest of their lives:

How much math is my child learning in school?

It is quite common in America for people to proudly say “I hate math.”  But there are millions of parents who are concerned when you hear your child say that.

And there are many good reasons for concern, and it could cost you thousands of dollars before you know it.

For starters, about 40% of students entering college these days have to take what is called “developmental math,” or “basic math” or some other euphemism for remedial math.

You may have never heard of it, but it’s in your best interest to learn about it if you haven’t.

These are math classes you have to take and pass before you can even take a real college course in math.  The so-called “credit” you get for these classes is not a real “credit” at all.  It does not count toward graduation and it cannot be transferred to another college.

But, of course, these remedial courses cost just as much as regular courses, and they take just as long to complete.

So what they do is use up thousands of dollars that would otherwise go to courses that count toward graduation, which is bad enough.

But it gets much worse.

Most students have to take more than one course.  And the passing rate is very low in these classes.

What’s more, they may only have two years to meet the requirements, and have to drop out of the college if you don’t pass them in time (which means you lose any “credit” for the courses you might have already passed).

The failure to complete and pass these required remedial courses is the biggest reason students never complete college.  They run out of money, time, motivation or all of the above… then just give up.

And if you think your child is safe, think again.  A high percentage of students who have to take these courses made A’s or B’s in math in high school.  If your child passed with a C in math, that makes them even more likely to have to take these courses.

So, in short, it’s a tragedy waiting to happen to millions of American students every year.

So what can you do about it?

You can start by asking yourself the question:

                How much math is my child learning in school?

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Dr. Robert Collins

Bob Collins is a former college professor and research scientist in the Psychology of Learning at Florida State University and Georgia Tech. For the past 30 years, he has been a successful entrepreneur with multiple companies specializing in instruction delivered via the computer and internet. He is the founder and CEO of iLearn, which provides online instruction in math for K-12 schools, parents and students at home, and college developmental math since 1989.

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