Canadian parents taking action to gain educational advantages for their children, survey says



    Survey of Canadian Attitudes toward Learning finds 1 in 3 parents has
    hired a tutor; majority who choose immersion do so to improve children's
    job prospects

    OTTAWA, Nov. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - While the majority of Canadian parents say
they are satisfied with the education system, a new survey released today by
the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) reveals that many think schools are not
doing enough to prepare their children for the realities of the workplace.
    These initial findings from CCL's second annual Survey of Canadian
Attitudes toward Learning (SCAL), which highlights perceptions about
structured learning, suggest that parents are increasingly involved in doing
whatever they can to position their children in the best possible way for
success in their working lives.
    The large-scale survey of more than 5,000 Canadians shows that 33% of
parents have hired a tutor for their child, even though a majority of them
have children with an A or B average.
    As well, the majority of Canadian parents who chose to place their child
in a language-immersion program did so out of a desire to improve their future
job prospects; this was the most common reason reported (by nearly 60% of
parents) when asked why they enrolled their child in an immersion program.
    "This year's SCAL results show that many Canadian parents of kindergarten
to Grade 12 students are feeling the need to take action-to be actively
involved in directing their child's education," says Dr. Paul Cappon,
President and CEO of the Canadian Council on Learning.
    "These indicators of 'intensive parenting' reflect an awareness of the
rising demands for skills and knowledge in the workforce-and a desire on the
part of parents to give their children the best footing."
    Other highlights from this year's survey reveal that more than 80% of
Canadians consider bullying to be one of the most serious issues facing
students at school, and that homework is a source of stress for nearly
three-quarters of households (see Key Findings below).
    Conducted in the spring of 2007, the Survey of Canadian Attitudes toward
Learning is a barometer of opinions, perceptions and beliefs about lifelong
learning designed by the Canadian Council on Learning in consultation with
Statistics Canada, and administered by the statistical agency.
    Today's release, 2007 Survey of Canadian Attitudes toward Learning:
Elementary and Secondary Learning, presents the results of questions asked
about structured learning (kindergarten through Grade 12). The SCAL results
for early childhood learning and adult learning will be released in separate
reports in 2008.

    
    KEY FINDINGS

    General

    - A majority of Canadians believe that elementary and secondary schools
      are meeting or exceeding expectations;
    - When it comes to preparing students for work, more than 40% of
      Canadians report that their schools are below expectations

    Homework

    - 72% of Canadian parents, with children aged 5-24, report that homework
      is often a source household stress
    - More than 80% of Canadians agree that homework develops good work
      habits and enhances learning

    Bullying

    - More than 80% of Canadians perceive bullying as one of the most serious
      issues facing students and students should do more to alleviate it
    - Nearly half (47%) of Canadian parents report their children have been
      bullied
    - Younger Canadians (ages 18-34) strongly believe that students could be
      doing more to prevent and address bullying in schools

    Tutoring

    - 33% of parents have hired a tutor for their child
    - The majority of parents who have hired a tutor report their children's
      academic performance to be in the A or B range
    - Parents who have hired tutors are more likely to say that schools are
      falling below expectations when it comes to teaching the basics and
      teaching students to love learning
    - Income is the greatest predictor of whether parents will hire a tutor

    Language immersion

    - One in four Canadian parents have enrolled their children in a
      language-immersion program
    - 36% report that they enrolled a child in language immersion because it
      is more challenging; 27% because of the school's reputation


    The full report is available at www.ccl-cca.ca/scal

    Methodological details: Statistics Canada conducted telephone interviews
with 5,361 adult Canadians in May and June 2007.


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    More SCAL highlights

    Bullying

    - More than 80% of Canadians perceive bullying as one of the most serious
      issues facing students
    - Nearly half (47%) of Canadian parents report their children have been
      bullied

    Homework

    - 72% of Canadian parents with children aged 5-24 report that homework is
      often a source of household stress
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    The Canadian Council on Learning is an independent, not-for-profit
corporation funded through an agreement with Human Resources and Social
Development Canada. Its mandate is to promote and support evidence-based
decisions about learning throughout all stages of life, from early childhood
through to the senior years.




For further information:

For further information: Kelly Ouimet, Senior Communications Specialist,
Canadian Council on Learning, (613) 786.3230 x242, kouimet@ccl-cca.ca

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