In the midst of an election cycle that has seen Democrats and Republicans vie for control of the White House and Congress, a new poll shows that high school students in the United States are increasingly unhappy with their school district.
According to a survey released Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), 72 percent of high school seniors said their school has become too busy to teach them a particular subject.
And while they may not have been able to attend a specific class for the rest of the school year, they said their district’s lack of teaching time had made them feel like less of a part of the classroom.PRRI conducted the survey by phone with 1,100 high school freshmen across the country.
The survey was done in late September, just months after the 2016 election.
The results of the poll are being released Wednesday.
The poll shows just how much more likely it is for high schoolers to feel like they’re not really part of a classroom.
While 70 percent of those surveyed said they felt like they weren’t going to learn something during school, only 34 percent said their teachers were being more attentive during class.
And while a majority of high schools reported having students who are “in a good mood,” a majority also said that they were not getting enough instruction during the week, and a majority said their classroom teachers were less than enthusiastic about what they were teaching.
In a similar vein, only 35 percent of respondents said they were comfortable teaching the basics of math, science and technology, and 38 percent said they would like to teach more science, technology and math, but were not confident they could do it.
The PRRI poll also showed that while teachers are the main focus of attention during the school week, students also were asked about their own feelings.
Only 36 percent of survey respondents said teachers were having a positive impact on their learning, compared to 72 percent who said the same of their peers.
PRRI noted that high schools across the nation are having to confront the fact that students are less likely to have the support they need during the course of their school year.
The results of this poll are particularly worrisome, as high school kids are also likely to be underrepresented in the job market, according to the poll.
to PRRI, in 2019, nearly a quarter of all high school graduates were employed full time.
And this year, only about 40 percent of students who graduated in 2020 are employed full-time, compared with 61 percent in 2015.
And, according in a report released last year, the U.S. workforce has shrunk by nearly 1.4 million since 2009.
That’s a decline of more than 22 percent.