A national survey released last week shows parents support teachers and school support staff in overwhelming numbers – more than their governor or local government.
The National Education Association survey found 88% of parents approve of how their children’s teachers are handling the coronavirus pandemic. They also overwhelmingly (81 percent) approve of school support staff (school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, etc.) – a higher rating than they gave their governor (71%), and their mayor or local government (73%).
“Never have all of our nation’s educators been more appreciated and seen—even as they work with students from a distance,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
The poll also showed that parents and guardians believe educators are working hard to communicate with them, that educators are finding ways to connect with students who don’t have internet access and they are giving their students more one-on-one assistance.
“This year’s week-long celebration provides a timely opportunity to thank not just teachers, but all educators,” Eskelsen García said. “We all have seen very inspiring stories about educators who are finding creative ways to engage students, and grateful parents who understand in a more profound way what it means to continuously reach, teach, and inspire, even from a distance.”