October is National Bullying Prevention month, and a first of its kind Global Learner survey of 11,000 people finds 84% of Americans are expressing concerns about bullying-both online and in person and that schools are less safe than they were 25 years ago.
In the next decade – digital and virtual learning will be the new normal. Findings from a new Global Learner Survey reveal two thirds of people (67%) believe that more primary and secondary school students will be going to school online in the next ten years.
Why the shift in traditional education? Students and families have many reasons ranging from special needs to a blooming acting or athletic career, but increasingly concerns about school safety and bullying are driving this shift. Eighty-four percent of Americans are expressing concerns about bullying-both online and in person and say that schools are less safe than they were 25 years ago with school violence driving these concerns. More than ¾ of Americans say social media has made school more difficult.
“The data and the messaging is clear is that 84% of schools are less safe than they were over 25 years,”said Melissa Brown, Director of Schools for Pearson Online & Blended Learning. “Kids are socializing in our online schools just as much as they are in traditional brick and mortar schools. Kids are using apps and social media, and we provide field trip opportunity and at the end of the year we offer an end-of-the-year dance or prom in order to help kids socialize.”
Pearson, the world’s learning company, released the results of a first-of-its kind study in 19 countries surveying more than 11,000 people ranging in age from 16 to 70, collecting their views on primary, secondary and higher education; careers and the future of work; and technology.
“Anytime a parent needs to make an important choice about their kids education, they should do their homework and find out as much as they can about the school,” said Brown. “It’s also important to ask about the curriculum.”
The study by learning company Pearson finds a dramatic shift toward virtual learning, like fully online school – a growing option for students in grades K-12.