Female, Black, Latinx and LGBTQ students report more obstacles

Self-motivation declined steadily as students got older
By: | August 12, 2020
(Youth Truth)

Distractions at home, along with depression, stress and anxiety, were the biggest obstacles to virtual learning that students reported in the Youth Truth survey.

Some 70% percent of students said they had faced virtual learning obstacles, with 64% reporting distractions at home and half saying they felt depressed, stressed or anxious.

Black and Latinx students reported facing more obstacles than did their white and Asian classmates.

And a greater proportion of female students and students who identify in a different way reported depression, stress and anxiety compared to male students, the survey found.


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No adults at home to help with schoolwork, health, lack of support from teachers and not feeling safe were among the other obstacles students described.

Finally, motivation declined steadily as students got older. While approximately half of fifth- and sixth-graders said they were self-motivated, that number dropped to just over a 25% of 11th- and 12th-graders.

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