WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A majority of parents questioned believe math is an important factor in defining their children's future success, according to a survey released today by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). Raytheon's " Parent Survey about Math Learning and Future Success" reported that 53 percent of parents said being good at math eclipsed being outgoing (42 percent) and being good at sports (5 percent) as traits the parents believe would help their children succeed in life. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121101/NE03635-INFO ) As statistics show American students lagging behind their international peers in math performance, Raytheon commissioned a survey of 1,000 parents of children between the ages of 6 and 15 aimed at further understanding their perspective on their children's math-related study habits, attitudes and priorities. " The United States faces a national STEM crisis that affects our country's economic prosperity and national security. We believe capturing the interest of students in their formative years is key to engaging them in a lifetime of STEM learning and career pursuits — and parental involvement is vital to shaping their children's attitudes," said William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. "For the past seven years Raytheon has directed significant resources toward inspiring students to make the connection between math and the wonders of the world around them." Raytheon commissioned the "Parent Survey about Math Learning and Future Success" as part of its longstanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiative. Raytheon supports students, educators and parents throughout the academic life cycle. With a solutions-oriented approach to improving STEM education, the company has developed a wide array of programs, including interactive and hands-on learning environments to engage students; a statistical modeling tool to support school administrators as they plan education investments; scholarships and training for both students and teachers; mentoring by employees to supplement classroom learning; and strategic partnerships with organizations seeking to generate awareness of the STEM challenge.