Parents, Teachers See ‘Unkind World’ for Their Children

70% of parents and 86% of teachers “often worry” that the world is an unkind place for their children and students, a survey commissioned by Sesame Workshop finds. Based on surveys of more than 2,000 parents and 500  pre-k and elementary school teachers, the report, “K Is for Kind: A National Survey On Kindness and Kids,” found that 73% of the parents and 78% of the teachers said being kind to others was more important for their children’s and students’ future success than academic achievement.

At the same time, the survey raises questions about the nature of kindness. While 88% and 59% of parents said their own children were “kind” or “very kind,” and 73% of teachers said all or most of the students in their class were kind, lower percentages of parents and teachers said their kids were “very thoughtful” (46%,  52%) or “very helpful” (40%, 65%). Parents also rated politeness as more important than being considerate or helpful, with more than half ranking manners as more important than empathy.


About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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