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Millennials have new expectations for educating their children

Parents born between roughly 1980 and 2000 are more open to alternative education options such as DIY and online learning.

Photo by Alexander Dummer

By Ken Wackes December 2016

One of the most studied and analyzed generations, millennials are now becoming parents. “43% of children age 0–17 had millennial parents in 2014, and this figure is expected to exceed 50% in 2016,” says a recent Goldman Sachs report [PDF link].

And a new independent survey finds that millennial parents are bringing new online expectations for their children:

  • Millennials are supportive of alternative approaches to education
  • Three-fourths of millennial parents (77%) say that a DIY approach to education is a good idea
  • They have had more experience personally in education options beyond brick and mortar schools than previous generations of parents
  • They’re more open to and supportive of different education options
  • 76% feel that K–12 public school students should be able to choose tuition-free online learning options to meet a student’s learning needs
  • 92% of millennial parents think that students should be able to choose tuition-free online learning options.
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