The pandemic has changed the way parents look at their children’s education, and most want more choices–including an online learning option–going forward.
According to a survey conducted by Stride, Inc., parents believe schools should now be equipped to quickly and effectively move online if necessary, and that students should have a variety of learning options available to them.
“There’s no question that the pandemic turned the public education system completely on its head. The events of the past year forced parents and schools across the country to recognize that the future of education is digital – a trend we saw coming two decades ago,” said James Rhyu, CEO at Stride. “As with any large scale digital innovation, there’s little wonder why parents don’t want to go back to the way things were.”
When schools across the country were forced to shift online in the spring of 2020, technical challenges and a steep learning curve impacted educational continuity for millions of students. Despite the best efforts of school districts nationwide, results from the national survey show that parents felt let down by brick and mortar schools. And even though no one could have predicted a global pandemic, parents want better in the future.