NEW POLL: PARENTS WARN OF PANDEMIC’S LASTING EFFECT ON CHILDRENS’ EDUCATION
Frustration growing among parents with how schools are handling closures
Boston, MA— Parents are sounding the alarm about their child’s education during the pandemic with 7 in 10 parents saying they are worried that the changes in learning during the pandemic will have a lasting effect. Additionally, 68% are concerned about their child staying on track in school, and half now say their child is learning less.
The concern comes at the same time that more than a third (35%) of parents say their children are receiving less than 4 hours of instruction time per school day. That number grows to 39% among remote only students. The majority of parents (63%) also feel their child should be getting more instructional time with their teachers.
On the issue of closures, 60% say they understand why schools closed in the spring, but are growing more frustrated with how schools are handling the closures as the year goes on.
“We must demand of our school leaders: who is willing to fight for the needs of the powerless many, rather than advance the agenda of the powerful few? While millions of kids continue to be left behind, special interest groups continue to play the same old games,” said Keri Rodrigues, co-founder and President of the National Parents Union. “We are long past due to reimagine what education looks like in this country, and in order to accomplish that worthy goal, parents need to continue to make their voices heard, continue to shine a light on the inequity that plagues the system, and call into question why complacency is a more common trait than competency in our schools.”
POLITICAL SPLIT ON VACCINES
- 60% of parents say they will get their children COVID-19 vaccines when they become available, although only 31% say they will do so right away
- 75% of parents who are Democrats say they will get their child vaccinated, while only 56% of parents who are Republicans say they will do so.
- Half of all parents say a vaccine is necessary for them to feel safe sending their child back to school
GOOD GRADES FOR LEARNING PODS
- 16% of parents have at least one child in a learning pod
- 80% of those parents say the learning pod has been helpful for their child’s education
ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED
- 37% of parents say they or another adult spends at least 3 hours per day helping with schoolwork or providing additional instruction
- 43% of parents of K-5 students spend at least 3 hours per day helping
- 15% have hired someone to help their children with learning
- Nearly half of those who haven’t hired someone would do so if they had the resources
December 10-18, 2020
N=1008 parents of public school students K-12
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARENTS UNION
The National Parents Union is a network of highly effective parent organizations and grassroots activists across the country that is united behind a set of common goals and principles to channel the power of parents. Our family advocates improve the quality of life for children across the United States and define the education conversation.https://nationalparentsunion.org/
NEW POLL: WHAT PARENTS REALLY THINK ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION– HINT: IT’S NOT GREAT
December 7, 2020– Boston, MA– The National Parents Union released the findings of their latest national poll today, which showed that parents are increasingly worried about their child staying on track in school; a plurality of parents believe their child is learning less; the majority of parents say schools should rethink education and come up with news ways to reach children; hybrid learning is the least preferred option; and too few parents say their school is offering mental health services to support students’ wellbeing.
Keri Rodrigues, co-founder and president of the National Parents Union summed up the rough start to the school year saying, “It looks like I am not alone when I say things are getting worse. Across the board, parents see the warning signs, from learning loss to support for mental health, schools aren’t stepping up to provide children with the resources they need. If there is a silver lining, it’s that this pandemic has given parents new insight into these shortcomings and families are banding together across the country to do something about it. And the National Parents Union is ready to provide our support, our resources and our fight to make sure families are empowered to advocate for their children.”
PARENTS TOP CONCERNS
- 68% are worried a lot/some about making sure their child stays on track in school; the highest percentage since the polling began in April
- 67% are worried a lot/some about themselves or someone in their family getting COVID
- 64% are worried a lot/some about their kids missing important social interactions
- 56% are worried a lot/some about being able to make ends meet
- 42% of parents say their child is learning less than they normally would; 40% say the same amount; and 17% think their child is learning more
- In September 38% said their child was learning less and in October 35% felt the same
- 54% of parents whose kids are in a hybrid model say they’re learning less, the highest for any of the education models. Among in-person parents, 35% say their child is learning less and among remote parents 40% feel that way
- 48% of parents whose child is currently in a hybrid learning model would choose to stay with that for the rest of the year. 28% would prefer in-person only and 21% would prefer only remote
- 64% of in-person parents say they want to stick with that model for the rest of the year, while 20% would prefer hybrid and 13% prefer remote
- 70% of remote only parents would choose that model for the rest of the year. 14% would choose to go hybrid and 13% want to go in-person
- 66% of parents says schools should be focused on rethinking how to educate students, coming up with new ways to teach children moving forward as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
- That number has grown since the question was first asked in September (60%) and then again in October (64%)
- Just 31% of parents say their child’s school is currently offering any services or resources to support students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing. 40% report that their schools are not offering these services and 29% are unsure
Click here for the toplines.
November 13-18, 2020
N=1000 parents of public school students K-12
NEW EDUCATION POLL: STOP THE ROLLERCOASTER… MAJORITY OF PARENTS WANT SCHOOLS TO MAKE A PLAN AND STICK WITH IT
Washington, D.C.– A new poll from the National Parents Union found 54% of parents prefer their child’s school stick to a consistent plan for whether students receive remote or in-person learning, rather than changing plans based on the number of COVID cases in the area.
The survey, conducted in late September, also found that only a little more than half of all parents felt included in the decision-making process about the school’s plans for reopening. And many parents weren’t happy with the reopening plan for their child’s school, with more than a third (35%) grading their schools with a C or worse.
As far as the education experience goes, 38% of parents feel their child is learning less this year than they normally would. Additionally, a quarter of all parents say their kids are not receiving enough instruction time from the teacher. Nearly 40% say their children are not getting enough time to interact with other students.
Driving these numbers are parents of full-time remote and hybrid students who are more likely to say their children aren’t getting enough instruction time or student-to-student interaction time. Parents of hybrid students, specifically, are also more likely to want schools to focus on providing access to consistent, high-quality remote learning as opposed to focusing on trying to get students back into the classroom (50% vs. 45%)
“School leaders would be well-served to start listening closely to parents, many of whom remain frustrated with how their child is learning this year”, said Keri Rodrigues, co-founder and president of the National Parents Union, and mom to three boys. “Schools have had seven months to prepare for learning this fall, and it’s clear that too many are still lagging behind in providing a high-quality education, whether in-person or remote. Schools need to get down to basics and they need to do so fast because our littlest learners can’t afford another lost year and parents want off this roller coaster.”
MENTAL HEALTH- Lack of Resources:
37% of parents say their school is doing a fair or poor job in providing resources to support students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing. More than half (59%) say they are worried about how COVID is affecting their child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Parents also reported wanting schools to use this time to reimagine education, with 60% saying the schools should be focused on rethinking how to educate students, coming up with new ways to teach children moving forward as a result of COVID. Just 33% say schools should be focused on trying to get back to the way things were before COVID.
Among Black parents, 72% want schools to reimagine education, with just 23% saying they want to go back to the way things were.
REMOTE LEARNING- What schools are offering:
Overall, 76% of parents said their child is either full- or part-time remote. The survey asked the remote/online families which of the following is being offered by the school:
- Laptops or tablets for students to take home 58%
- Live online classes with their teacher(s) 56%
- Emailed assignments from teachers 38%
- Tutorials for students on how to access and use online learning programs 28%
- Pre-recorded online video lessons by their teacher(s) 27%
- IT support to help address problems with laptops or tablets or difficulty accessing online learning programs 25%
- Self-paced online courses provided through a service or app 20%
- Hot spots or access to high speed internet for students at home 20%
- Training or information sessions for parents on how to help students continue learning from home 19%
- Activities or resources that do not require the use of a computer or Internet, such as printed learning materials or phone calls with their teacher(s) 18%
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September 21–29, 2020- 1,140 parents of K-12 public school students
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARENTS UNION
The National Parents Union is a network of highly effective parent organizations and grassroots activists across the country that is united behind a set of common goals and principles to channel the power of parents. Our family advocates improve the quality of life for children across the United States and define the education conversation. https://nationalparentsunion.org/
The National Parents Union conducted eight weeks of polling during the coronavirus pandemic to see how parents are thinking in these challenging times.
Click below for the results of our weekly polling.