On October 9, 2014, GALLUP Business Journal published significant findings on the topic of “Student Caring.” The article was written by Mister Brandon Busteed, Executive director, Gallup Education.
Due to the significant findings of this research and our focus on this topic, we have some highlights for you in this post. The full article on Gallup is here and a version of it in Education Week is here. We recommend reading his full article.
Caring and hope sound like things that are nice to have, rather than things we need to have for success in life. But, as Gallup research shows, hope is a stronger predictor of college success than GPA or SAT and ACT scores, and caring or emotional support elements are crucial to success in life after college. Not surprisingly, when Gallup polled Americans and asked them to think about the best teacher they ever had, the most common word they used to describe them was “caring.”
Over 40% of Americans describe the teacher who had the most positive influence in their lives with words such as caring, compassionate, motivating, and inspiring; while just 17% of Americans thought intelligent, knowledgeable, persistent, hard-working, and demanding were words that describe the teacher who had the strongest influence on them. Gallup
Gallup’s recent study of more than 30,000 college graduates shows how important emotional support is — and how few young people are receiving it. Emotional support includes three crucial elements: students feeling that they had a professor who made them excited about learning, that the professors at their alma mater cared about them as a person, and that they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. Graduates who strongly agreed that they received emotional support during college doubled their odds of being engaged in their work and of thriving in their overall well-being. Yet as profoundly important as these emotional support elements are to long-term success in work and life, a mere 14% of all college graduates strongly agreed they received all three.
When it comes to being engaged at work and thriving in your well-being after college, what you studied and where you went to college hardly matter. What matters is how you did college — having a meaningful internship or job, working on a long-term project, and being actively involved in extracurricular activities — and being emotionally supported by others during college.
What students need at their core is caring. If we can create a system that allows caring to flourish and become a common experience that all students receive, America will once again have the best school system in the world.
Americans told us again this year that our nation needs high-quality teachers who are caring and intelligent, hard-working and compassionate. Working together, can we build upon these beliefs to create teacher preparation programs in our colleges and universities that are as rigorous as they are for other professions, while producing educators with the knowledge, skills, and empathy they will need to succeed? Gallup Poll
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