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.