Academic Pressures from Student and Parent Viewpoints Highlighted in New OnlineDegrees.com Infographic

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New research reveals that the majority of American adults think that children need more pressure to succeed academically. Interestingly, students do not agree.

“Parents and their children have been battling over school and homework for decades,” said Michael Stearns, spokesperson for OnlineDegrees.com. “This study gives us the numbers we need to understand both sides and viewpoints.”

OnlineDegrees.com has designed an infographic that highlights information from a 2011 Pew Global Attitudes Survey and a study of American students called “Success with Less Stress,” which both discuss parental involvement and pressure when it comes to their child’s academics.

More than six out of 10 Americans surveyed in the Pew report say that parents do not put enough pressure on their children to succeed academically. Their views are shared in nearly half of the countries surveyed, including Lithuania, Spain, Brazil and Israel.

Surprisingly, students at high-performing American schools feel the exact opposite, as the student survey revealed. Instead, they shared that they feel overwhelmed and 70 percent of students said that they “often or always” feel stressed about their school work. For example, students are persuaded to succeed in school, sports and other extracurricular activities, which can leave them feeling burnt out. On average, students spend 3.07 hours doing homework per night, which equals to 552.6 hours a year.

“Parents and their children have been battling over school and homework for decades,” said Michael Stearns, spokesperson for OnlineDegrees.com. “This study gives us the numbers we need to understand both sides and viewpoints.”

Evidently, the debate between parents and students is not only an issue in the United States. Adults surveyed in India, Kenya and Pakistan think that parents push their children too much to be successful.

“It’s hard to say what the right amount of academic pressure is,” commented Stearns. “Both parents and students understand the importance of academia, but the numbers of who thinks how much is too much are definitely different than what we expected.”

To find more information on this infographic, education news and up-to-date information on career trends, visit The Degree360 on OnlineDegrees.com as well as the OnlineDegrees on Facebook and @OnlineDegrees on Twitter.

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