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Parents of the Pandemic - The Education Lockdown and its Impact on Homeschooling in America

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  • 123 Pages
  • June 2020
  • Region: United States
  • Campbell Rinker
  • ID: 5118508

America has been at crossroads before - and in the spring of 2020, the country faced another defining moment: millions of U.S. schoolchildren were sent home from school amid a threatening outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19. The scourge, eventually classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, kept children home in every state in the nation, even in the few states which did not call for sheltering in place.

55 Million Children Out of School

In this 123-page report, through scores of graphs, a dozen tables, and thousands of personal comments to help illustrate the findings, the analyst relates how these parents of the pandemic have coped with the demands of educating at home.

Millions of Parents Schooling Kids at Home for the First Time

Their experiences provide a revealing look into American parenting in the early 21st Century and parents’ surprising willingness to consider new models of at-home learning.

The Parents of the Pandemic poll were conducted on May 16-27, 2020 among 631 online respondents who were double opt-in members of a panel run by Dynata.

The 631 respondents to the study deliver a margin of error of ±3.9% at the 95% confidence level; results would be within this margin for 19 in 20 studies conducted in a similar way.

This study was fielded while the country emerged from shelter-in-place orders instituted by the governors of most US states, amid a worldwide pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus.  Virtually every school in the country was closed, even in states where no lockdown was instituted.

To participate, parents of school-age children (who comprise 27 percent of the US population), were recruited and asked to affirm they had children at home and out of school due to the pandemic lockdowns. They answered dozens of questions about their lockdown lifestyle, how they managed to survive the disruption, and answered a half-dozen open-ended questions about their experience. These verbatim responses offer a personal glimpse into the sentiment of American parents about the immediate state of US Education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • The Pandemic Impact
  • Children at Home during Pandemic
  • Schools Attended
  • Type of Pre-Pandemic School Attended
2. Children’s Grade Levels
  • Pre-Pandemic Parental Involvement
  • Level of Educational Involvement
  • Manner of Educational Involvement
  • Pre-Pandemic Time Required for Educational Involvement
3. Parental Involvement in Lockdown
  • Educational Involvement during Lockdown
  • Parental Time for Education during Lockdown
  • Manner of Involvement during Lockdown
  • Ways of Supporting Teachers during Lockdown
  • Seeking out Extra Educational Resources during Lockdown
  • Student Time Required for Education during Lockdown
4. Resources Provided by Schools
  • Resources Offered Pre-Pandemic
  • Resources Offered during Lockdown
5. School Performance during Lockdown
  • Rating of School’s Efforts during Lockdown
6. Lockdown Education Experience
  • Rating of Lockdown Educational Experience
  • Reason for Lockdown Experience Rating
  • Best Thing about Education Support during the Lockdown
  • Challenging Aspects of Lockdown Education
  • Job Impact of Having Kids at Home
  • Online Connectivity
7. Homeschooling Perceptions
  • Pre-Pandemic Opinion of Homeschooling
  • Basis for Prior Homeschooling Opinions
  • Post-Lockdown Opinion of Homeschooling
  • Interest in Future Homeschooling
  • Reasons for Intent to Homeschool
  • Profile of the Potential New Homeschooler
  • Implications of New Attitudes on Homeschooling
8. Demographics
  • Respondent Region
  • Respondent Age
  • Respondent Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Respondent Ethnicity
  • Respondent Education
  • Employment Status
  • Respondent Workplace
  • Work Classification
  • Household Income
9. Appendices
  • Verbatim Responses
  • Questionnaire