Polls show most parents are getting the type of instruction they want for their kids

By: | February 19, 2021

As pressure grows for more schools to offer in-person instruction, new data indicates that a surprising share of parents say their child is getting the kind of instruction they want.

Two new, nationally representative polls of American families offer the most detailed look yet at parent sentiment during a long period of educational disruption. They show that parents’ preferences are varied, with the largest group wanting their child to learn from home full-time and substantial numbers preferring either part- or full-time in-person school.

Notably, parents’ preferences mostly match up with their reality — an indication that schools nationwide have been responsive to families as they craft their instructional plans.

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