Teens concerned about education and sports this fall

Two-thirds of teens are concerned about attending school in-person this fall
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 7:23 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Kate Petrie is excited to go back into the school building in some capacity this fall.

“I am really excited to take my childhood development classes this year, and it would be terrible If I couldn’t get the full experience of that,” the Perrysburg junior said.

A new survey from Junior Achievement by research firm ENGINE Insights gives us an inside look at how teens are feeling during the pandemic.

It shows that two-thirds of teens (66%) are concerned about attending school in-person this fall, with a significant percentage (39%) responding that they are “extremely” or “very” concerned. Nearly three-in-four teens (71%) say their parents or caregivers are concerned about them attending school in-person this fall. The survey of 1,000 teens between the ages of 13 and 17 was conducted July 14-19.

“If I put myself in their shoes -- I was a horrible online student -- if I was forced to take classes online I would be devastated,” said Jim Pollock, President of Junior Achievement of Northwest Ohio. “The fear is -- what is their educational experience going to be if they are faced to take everything online? How are you going to get meaningful lessons if its all online?”

Some students aren’t fans of online learning either, especially if extracurricular activities will be eliminated as well.

“I really want to be under the lights on Friday night, so I really hope that can happen,” Petrie, a cheerleader for the Yellow Jackets, said.

Junior Achievement is taking a different approach this year by helping students connect to careers.

“We will be launching new initiatives partnering with corporations to provide kids with experiential learning to expose them to future career pathways,” Pollock said.

They hope this poll helps craft educational experiences that best serve students during this pandemic.

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