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Table 53. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled science course and attitudes toward math and science: 2009

Student's attitude No science   Biology   Earth science   Physical science   Chemistry   Other science1   Two or more  
Total 17.9 34.0 12.4 19.5 1.7 9.6 4.9
                           
If you spend a lot of time and effort in math
and science classes ...
                           
                           
You won't have time for friends                            
Strongly agree 22.3 31.1 12.2 18.0 1.7 ! 9.0 5.8
Agree 19.7 34.8 12.2 18.6 1.3 9.1 4.3
Disagree 16.6 34.0 13.0 19.8 1.6 10.2 4.9
Strongly disagree 16.1 34.1 10.6 22.2 8.5 5.1
                           
You won't have time for extracurricular
activities
                           
Strongly agree 20.2 33.0 11.7 18.4 9.3 6.1
Agree 19.4 33.3 12.7 18.0 1.9 10.6 4.1
Disagree 17.2 34.5 12.9 20.0 1.2 9.2 5.0
Strongly disagree 15.3 34.0 10.4 22.5 8.9 5.5
                           
You won't be popular                            
Strongly agree 22.7 30.2 9.9 19.1 1.0 ! 8.7 8.4
Agree 20.9 31.6 13.0 16.1 1.7 11.2 5.5
Disagree 16.6 34.6 12.7 20.3 1.3 10.0 4.6
Strongly disagree 18.6 34.1 11.8 19.4 2.6 ! 8.6 4.9
                           
People will make fun of you                            
Strongly agree 22.1 30.2 10.6 17.9 1.5 ! 10.6 7.2
Agree 21.1 32.7 12.4 19.7 1.2 ! 8.6 4.3
Disagree 16.3 35.1 12.9 19.8 1.1 10.1 4.6
Strongly disagree 19.0   33.0   11.9   19.4   2.9 ! 8.7   5.2
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards are not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Other science includes courses such as general science, integrated science, and principles of technology.
NOTE: All estimates are weighted by W1STUDENT. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), Base-Year.


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