Talk about conflicted. The biggest public policy question in the COVID-19 pandemic besides masks is what to do with public education. Children finished up the last school year on line, or at least those who have ready access to the Internet. Others, usually from lower-income families and disproportionately from ethnic minorities, either had to scrounge access or do without. The disruption to education threatens yet another class divide in a country that’s had its fill of it.
The Trump administration wants public schools reopened, but do parents? According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, a majority oppose sending their children to school — but a slightly larger majority worries about them slipping even further behind in education, too:
School disruption brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is fueling anxiety in a majority (59%) of parents who are concerned that their child is falling behind in their education, even while only 44% of adults with school-age children are willing to send their children to school, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday finds.
A majority of all American adults (55%) are against public schools in their community reopening with in-school instruction in the fall. Nearly four in 10 parents are not concerned about their children making educational gains because of COVID-19.