Essential Educators: Teacher and Parent Views on COVID-19
January 28, 2021
New research from Public Agenda finds teachers and parents largely in agreement on crucial issues related to education and COVID-19 at a moment when in-school learning and vaccinations are top of mind for the American population. Just over half of both teachers and parents feel that their communities value teachers more now than before the pandemic. While only one-third of parents think that they can fill teachers’ roles, most parents and teachers think in-person teaching during the pandemic is risky. Most parents and teachers also think teachers themselves should have a voice in deciding whether to hold in-person classes. However, both parents and teachers feel torn over whether in-person classes are worth the risks.