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Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Statewide Poll Shows Parents’ Dreams for Their Children May Not Come True in Michigan Schools

LANSING – A statewide survey released today reveals that only 12 percent of Michigan parents say that the current teaching practices used in Michigan’s K-12 education meet the needs of today’s learners.

Parents’ low confidence in Michigan schools is among dozens of findings in a recent survey conducted December 11-19, 2017 by Your Child—a nonpartisan, nonprofit awareness and outreach campaign sponsored by the Insyght Institute. Your Child’s mission is to educate citizens about the necessity of raising student outcomes in Michigan’s K-12 schools.

“Many of the parents we polled are involved in their child’s education. They are aware of the challenges their child will face in an increasingly complex and technical world that will require life long learning,” said Ed Sarpolus, project director of Your Child. “These parents are ready and open for innovative approaches. They want education to fit the needs of today’s child, moving away from schools designed for the last century.”

Key findings of the Your Child parent survey include:

  • Only 30 percent of parents see education as a “Top Priority” in the state and only 31 percent believe that the necessary change will be made.
  • Just 16 percent of parents support continuing the existing approach of advancing students based on school year.
  • 20 percent of parents—see their children truly finding their schoolwork and homework assignments interesting.
  • A solid 76 percent of parents agree that Michigan schools should allow students to progress through learning at their own pace, path and place—or have an individualized learning plan that addresses their learning needs and goals.

Parents also noted their preferences for learning approaches they see as the best for their children to succeed in school and in life. Those parent choices were:

  • First choice: 73 percent indicated Competency-based “Mastery Learning.”
  • Second choice: 68 percent indicated Project-based learning.
  • Third choice: 16 percent indicated the existing approach.

Insyght Institute conducted the study for Your Child of 1,000 parents via live dial interviews. Interviews included both cell phones and landlines. The statewide random sample study has a margin of error of +/- 3.0 percent.

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