Poll: Respect in Schools Has Dropped

NEW YORK — Respect at school between teachers, parents and students has declined drastically, according to a new Harris Poll released today.

As many as 2,250 adults participated in the first-of-its-kind online survey that asked adults to compare their memory of school dynamics when they were students with today, USA Today reports.

Nearly four in five respondents (79%) believe students respected teachers when they were in school. In contrast, only 31% believe students respect teachers today. Meanwhile, the percentage of parents who respect teachers plummeted from 91% to 49%.

Just under two-thirds of respondents believe that teachers respect parents today (64%, down 27 percentage points when compared to the percentage who believe teachers respected parents during their own K-12 schooling).

“Respect among principals, teachers, students and parents is an important aspect of a successful school ecosystem,” said Jen Loukes, vice president of the Harris Poll School Pulse, Harris Interactive’s longstanding School Satisfaction study. “Adults and children alike desire the respect of their colleagues and peers in order to perform at their best. While some of the findings around this perceived decline in respect are alarming, this is a trend the Harris Poll School Pulse will follow more closely in the coming year.”

For full survey results, visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

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