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U.S. Adults: Children Need to Work Harder

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Read a summary of the "Pew Global Attitudes" survey, posted by the Pew Research Center.

Most American adults think parents don’t push their children hard enough to do better in school, a survey suggests.

The survey, conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, found that 56 percent of adults believe that parents are putting too little pressure on their children to work harder; 15 percent feel they are placing too much pressure; and 24 percent think they are exerting the right amount.

Those opinions generally hold across gender, race, age, and income differences, as well as for parents and nonparents. In contrast, a majority of respondents surveyed in China, India, and Japan said they thought children faced too much pressure from parents.

Vol. 26, Issue 02, Page 20

Published in Print: September 6, 2006, as U.S. Adults: Children Need to Work Harder

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