Most Parents Fear Remote Learning Will Lead to Children Falling Behind in School

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds.

Will students who are attending school remotely fall behind compared to their peers taking in-person classes? Three in four parents (76%), a new survey shows, are concerned that their child’s academic performance is being impacted by the shift to remote learning.

In fact, 94 percent of American parents are concerned about “summer slide” or learning loss as the result of COVID-related disruptions to the previous school year, according to new research. In spite of these concerns, many parents see opportunity in the new school year, as more than half of respondents (55%) believe digital schooling is conducive to their child’s learning style.

Conducted by OnePoll, the survey of 2,000 American parents of school-aged children also examines both parents’ and students’ biggest challenges with digital learning during this unique school year.

On average, respondents’ children have been enrolled in digital or hybrid schooling for three months over the course of the current school year and the last. According to parents, top remote learning pain points in this period include bandwidth issues (54%), their children missing the group interactions of in-person class (40%), and students being distracted by other things in their remote learning environment (39%).

When it comes to the features that parents feel would make their child’s online learning process easier, having all classes recorded for reference (40%) is the top suggestion. The ability to live chat with teachers or instructors for help (35%) is also a highly desired attribute.

Source: Study Finds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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