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New Poll Finds Majority of Parents Hope Their Kids Don’t Become Teachers

It's not about teachers as much as it is about their wages.

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Just about everyone has some aspirations for their children. Some parents want their kids to become doctors and lawyers, some want them to take up the family trade or business, and others just want them to feel fulfilled by whatever they may choose to do. But, what may be more interesting, are the things that parents don’t want their kids becoming when they grow up. And based on a new study, parents are hoping their kids stay away from the classroom, as more than half of parents are against their kids becoming public school teachers.

The PDK Poll has measured the public’s attitude toward public schools every year since 1969. This is the first year in which the public seems to have turned against the idea of kids becoming public school teachers. This year’s poll also asked about teacher strikes, educational budgeting, and the cost of college as well. Though parents support higher pay for teachers, the number one reason they don’t want their kids taking up the profession is low salaries and bad benefits.

“Although 46 percent surveyed in the 2018 PDK poll would support a teaching career, that’s down steeply from 70 percent in 2009 and from a high of 75 percent in the first PDK poll in 1969. Support has been lower just once before, by a single percentage point, during a trough in the early 1980s,” The study reads.

Unsurprisingly, the attitudes towards this topic change depended a lot on the age of the kids that they were raising. Fifty-seven percent of those without a school-aged child say that the education kids get has gotten worse, and 59 percent of them don’t have confidence in teachers. Of those who do have kids in school, 69 percent say they trust the teachers. Similarly, those who rate their local schools higher have faith that the education system is improving.