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A recent survey shows that parents value teachers more than ever. When COVID-19 began, schools around the world moved to distance learning. Children were learning online, trying to protect themselves from the virus and prevent its spread. This was not without its difficulties for students, teachers and parents. Suddenly, parents had to work from home, take care of other children and help their child with distance learning. Many of them quickly realized why they didn't become teachers, and it shows in their appreciation for teachers.
According to Business Wire and Tucson, parents are showing a new level of appreciation for teachers, and part of that is because they had to be in their shoes for a while. The University of Phoenix commissioned The Harris Poll to conduct a survey for Teacher Appreciation Week.
More than 2,000 U.S. parents participated in the survey and discussed their views on the education system and the transition to distance learning for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. They were also asked about the job teachers and administrators have done since the pandemic began.
The online survey revealed that an overwhelming 82% of parents said they have appreciated the work of teachers more. This compared to how they valued them before the pandemic began.
The survey also showed that 81% of parents felt that teachers were doing the best they could given the circumstances of the world at the time.
The survey also asked parents what they thought could have been done better or differently, and 84% said that teachers not only needed but deserved more support and resources to be able to do their jobs practically.
Pamela Roggeman, Ed.D. the academic dean of the University of Phoenix stated that parents have had a much larger role in their child’s education this last year and they are now realizing exactly what goes into teaching young children. This did not come without struggles, which were also asked about in the poll.
The poll found that the most common struggle was finding a place where their child could complete virtual learning, with 45% stating this as the top concern. Through the struggles, many of the parents did say that through remote learning, they were able to spend more time with their children.