Education in America: The Views of Millennials

Education in America: The Views of Millennials

Nearly half of millennials give the nation's public schools a grade of "C," while roughly three-quarters agree that students from low-income families receive an inferior education than those from wealthy families, a report from the project at the finds. Based on a survey of more than eighteen hundred millennials between the ages of 18 and 34, the report, (41 pages, PDF), found that millennials differ on the role race plays in the quality of education in America, with 59 percent of African-American and 56 percent of Asian-American respondents saying students of color received a worse education, compared with 43 percent of white and 39 percent of Latina/o respondents. When asked why black and Latina/o students are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than white or Asian-American students, African Americans (34 percent) were most likely to say that teachers and administrators were insensitive to the issues those students face, while Asian Americans (35 percent), Latino/a (39 percent), and whites (40 percent) were most likely to say that those students tend to attend schools with limited resources that must rely on strict discipline. Supported by the , the survey also found that Asian-American (62 percent) and Latino/a (57 percent) respondents were more likely than African-American (45 percent) or white (44 percent) respondents to believe that a college education is necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century economy.