Spot Survey: Most Teachers Want Masking Up on Campus This Year
- By Dian Schaffhauser
open online poll recently found that two-thirds of teachers want to
see their students masked up this fall. The unscientific survey was
run by EdHelper,
an online subscription service that produces printable worksheets for
teachers and homeschooling parents.
According to the
company, some 2,000 teachers responded to the questions. The goal was
to collect data about educator opinions on student masking, their
intentions regarding teaching and how much they typically spent from
their own pockets on supplies and resources each year.
Sixty-six percent of
respondents said they would prefer to see students wear masks while
The survey also
found that more than one in five teachers (22%) considered changing
careers over the last year. However, a majority (68%) said they
expected to return to the classroom for the current school year.
plans, almost 60% reported that they would stay in teaching for at
least another five years. Nearly a quarter said they'd stick around
for two to four years. Seven percent said they'd last another year
after the current one. And the same share said that this year would
be their last.
A slight majority of
participants (52%) indicated that they usually spend more than $300
of personal funds on school supplies and resources. Another 37%
reported spending between $100 and $299. And 11% said they spend less
than $100 each year.
across the nation and around the globe appear ready to welcome their
students back to campus," the company reported in a press
release. "While they may vary in opinions on masks, a desire to
continue in education, and the amount of personal funds spent, the
data does not lie. Teachers are deeply committed to their students
and their students' success! The vast majority are willing to rise to
whatever challenges they may face this year."
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.