A question was posted in a recent survey of 2,160 parents of Britain. 43% of them said that education was the most important thing. About the same number said that being popular was more useful than being sneaky. The question was: “Which do you want more for your children? A good education or popularity in the playground.
The poll was conducted at www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk also found that one third of parents did not believe that their children would need subjects like chemistry or somebody who knows about Algebra to be successful in life.
People who responded were asked if they plan a big part in their children’s education. The most common ways of getting involved is by helping with homework coming in at 69%. Speaking to the teachers 42% and providing additional tutoring at 9%.
When the parents were asked which aspect of school life that they thought they were going to be more beneficial to their kids later on in life.
Two of the most common responses were “to be clever and get good grades at 43% and 40% said “to be popular and have many friends.”
Here are five reasons why parents think popularity is most important:
- Being a “people person” and being sociable is a more important skill to have- 64%
- You don’t need a lot of what you learn at school later on in life- 55%
- Being popular means the child will not get bullied- 52%
- Having more confidence will make them stand out in a crowd- 41%
- They are not as likely to feel lonely later on in life- 20%
Of the people who didn’t think their children were going to need education as much later on in life, 37% listed chemistry and 33% listed “aspects of mathematics, like, algebra”as the subjects they would use the least to get ahead in life.
CEO of VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, Nick Swan, said this of the findings: “This is completely the wrong way of looking at school. Being popular is not the be all and end all. It is much more important to have a close-knit group of friends that you can wholly trust, and excel within the sector that you choose to work.”
Which would you rather have for your child? Being popular, or, being clever?