Nearly 80 percent of American high school juniors and seniors say the coronavirus pandemic has affected their plans after graduation, and 72 percent of 13- to 19-year-olds have struggled with their mental health, a The new survey shows.
survey conducted by America’s Promise Coalition, a non-profit group, found that 58 percent of teens in the 2020-21 school year reported learning wholly or mostly online, and 22 percent said they learned about half online and half in-person. Nineteen percent said they learned mostly through in-person instruction.
The results are from a nationally representative survey of 2,400 high school students conducted in March and April.
Noting the extraordinary growth of racial-justice activism over the past year, the survey also asked students how their schools handled issues of race. Two-thirds reported that “history of racism” was taught in their schools. But Asian, black, Latino and multiracial students were less likely than white students to say that the curriculum represented their own “racial and ethnic background.”
Of those who said the pandemic affected their plans after high school, a third said they would attend college closer to home; One-quarter said they would attend a two-year college instead of a four-year institution; 17 percent said they would attend college from a distance, not in person’; And 16 percent said they would stop going to college. Seven percent said they no longer plan to go to college.
Nearly half of the respondents who changed their plans said they were doing so because of financial pressure, suggesting that the pandemic would probably exacerbate educational disparities among young adults.