Teachers make such an impact on us – six in 10 parents claim they can name every teacher they had in their childhood (62%), according to a new survey.
The study of 2,000 American parents of children ages 0 to 18 examined respondents’ early childhood education memories and revealed that three in four parents credit their former teachers for positively influencing their lives (76%) — such as showing them how to be a better person (58%), impacting the hobbies they picked up (52%) and half even saw them as a role model (51%).
What parents remember the most about their early childhood education experience is learning new subjects (56%), making new friends (55%) and learning how to be creative (53%).
Almost half of parents also consider having their teachers invest in them (48%) and playing with their favorite toy or game (47%) as some of their best school memories.
That may be why 73% say they learned more life and social skills during their early school years versus their later ones.
The research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care system further suggests that teachers play a very important role in their students’ lives — since 73% say that if it weren’t for their teachers, they wouldn’t be the person they are today.
It’s no surprise that two in three parents (68%) had a “favorite” teacher when they were in school, and 60% even admit that they still stay in touch with one or several former teachers from their childhood.
But why was their “favorite” teacher their favorite? One parent said, “Because she took her own time to help me get caught up in math.” Others recalled that their teachers “influenced the career I chose” and “they gave me extra help.”
Most respondents keep in contact with their elementary school (59%) and preschool (54%) teachers – mainly because they want to know how they’re doing (71%), to show their appreciation (66%) and to keep them up to date with their lives (61%).