Character? These are the ones that children should learn early in life
Eight out of ten (81%) parents believe teachers should spend time teaching non-academic things like soft skills and current events. A survey of 2,000 U.S. parents of children ages 0 to 6 found that 62% prioritized their children’s soft skills education by age eight, compared to 37% who put math first. The most important character traits children learn early in life? Honesty and respect according to every fifth parent. A survey by OnePoll commissioned by the Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care System for International Education Day also found that financial literacy (61%) topped the list of non-academic skills schools should focus on in early childhood, followed by sewing or knitting knitting (46%) and internet safety (45%). Eight out of ten (81%) parents also want their children to understand current events. This includes learning about different cultures (60%), environment (49%), scientific advances and discoveries (47%) and technology (47%). In addition, nine out of ten respondents believe that social issues should be part of the curriculum in early childhood. Sixty-six percent said that children should be taught about the different forms of discrimination that exist in society, followed by healthcare-related topics such as affordability and access to treatment (61%) and human rights (55%). The three most important moments that parents consider the most important to include in their child’s early education? Listening to professionals (such as scientists, authors, software engineers) talking about their field (51%), discussing news (48%) and reading a book together (44%). “It’s great to see parents recognize the importance of soft skills in and out of the classroom,” said Joy Turner, vice president of education for the Kiddie Academy brand. “Along with traditional academics and healthy living habits such as physical fitness, soft skills need to be part of a developmentally appropriate curriculum that helps students learn at their own pace.” Of the 1,219 parents surveyed whose children attend school or kindergarten, 95% believe it is important for their child’s school to reinforce the same values they learn at home. And although almost nine in ten (87%) believe that their children’s school curriculum is sufficient, parents are still actively involved in their children’s education. To this end, a similar number (95%) spend at least two hours a week talking to their children about what they have learned at school. “Our research shows that parents want to extend the lessons their children learn outside of the classroom,” Turner added. “In addition to parents recognizing the importance of non-academic skills in their children’s lives, 92% believe that STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) should be taught at home, to a similar extent to those who want it was taught at school (88%). We have found that the highest quality educational programs place a strong emphasis on the relationship between school and home, which fosters family involvement.” NON-Academic skills, according to parents, should be taught in early childhood Financial literacy (e.g. tax filing, budgeting, etc.) – 61% Sewing/knitting – 46% Internet safety – 45% Gardening – 37% Cooking/baking – 35% Basic home repairs (e.g. painting the room, fixing a squeaky door, etc.) – 35% Cleaning the room – 34% SOCIAL ISSUES THAT PARENTS SHOULD BE TEACHED IN EARLY CHILDhood Discrimination (e.g. based on race, religion, appearance etc.) – 66% Healthcare (e.g. access to affordable care, treatment, etc.) – 61% Human rights – 55% Wage inequality – 42% Climate change – 36% Immigration – 28% Hunger/poverty – 16% Research methodology : This randomized double-opt-in study of 2,000 U.S. parents with children ages 0-6 was conducted on behalf of Kiddie Academy between December 23, 2022 and January 2, 2023. It was conducted by OnePoll, a research firm whose part team members are members of the Market Research Society and corporate membership of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAP OR) and the European Society for Opinion Research and Marketing (ESOMAR).