SOURCE: After School

After School

June 28, 2016 15:00 ET

Students Have Love-Hate Relationship With Teachers Shows Nationwide Education Poll, Says After School App

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 28, 2016) - America's high school students have a love-hate relationship with their teachers according to a new nationwide poll of over 54,000 high school students on the quality of their education.

The poll, conducted by the After School App, America's largest social network for teens, asked high school students "Are you getting a good education?" Nearly 42% (41.7%) of students ages 13-18, stated that they do not feel they are getting a good education; 58% gave their education high marks.

Students were then asked to select the most important reason for the high or low quality of their education: books and resources provided, class size, teachers, personal motivation, or other.

Teachers stood out as the main reason students believe they are getting either a good or bad education. 36% of students who believe they are getting a good education credited their teachers for their positive experience, while 43% of those with negative views of their education blamed teachers.

Student comments demonstrated the stark polarization. "At my school, I feel like most of the teachers don't care or aren't patient with the students and constantly move at a fast pace, and don't pause," said one student anonymously. "A good teacher can make a bad class worth taking just because they teach you more than what they have to," stated another.

Personal motivation ranked second as the reason students were getting a good or bad education. 24% attributed their good education to "I'm motivated and work hard." Of those who said they are not getting a good education, 22% said the main reason is because they just "don't care to try." "No one really cares about working hard at my school. It is disappointing," said Alexis, an Illinois high school student and member of After School's Tiger Squad student ambassador program.

In the full poll results released by After School, individual state data was also provided. Students were most positive about their education in Delaware (67.26%), New Mexico (63.16%), and North Carolina (62.79%). They were most negative in North Dakota (50.43%), West Virginia (50.99%), and Maine (51.48%).

The education poll by After School was the first of many polls intended to showcase the views of today's teens. For more information, visit AfterSchoolApp.com/Polls.

Disclaimer: This poll was presented to teens, ages 13-18, on After School, a social network for U.S. high school students, with active online communities in over 80% of U.S. high schools. Users verify age and school attendance to gain access to the network for their school. While this is not a scientific study, polls on After School are a reflection of the collective voice of today's American teenager. The tens of thousands of teens who submitted an answer to this poll come from every state in the U.S., and from hundreds of different school districts, neighborhoods, and cities.

After School is a social network that fosters fun and creative online and offline experiences for America's teens in a positive and safe environment that does not tolerate cyberbullying, threats, or content that threatens the safety of our online community. Millions of students in more than 80% of U.S. high schools, are using After School -- making it the largest social network for teens.

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