A growing population of tech-savvy parents are more accepting of online learning—and likely to influence future growth of online schooling. Millennials, defined as those who were between 18 and 34 years old in 2015, are the first wave of adults who never experienced life without the Internet or personal electronic devices. And now they're having children and embracing the educational options made possible by connectivity.
A new independent survey of U.S. households,1 supported by Connections Education, the parent company that offers Connections Academy®—supported online public schools and International Connections Academy online private school, found that millennials are overwhelmingly in favor of alternative approaches to education.
Now the largest living generation in the United States,2 having surpassed baby boomers, millennials have the power and motivation to shape public opinion about their children's education. In 2014, 43 percent of children age 0–17 had millennial parents, and this figure is expected to exceed 50 percent in 2016.3
Three-fourths of millennial parents surveyed (77 percent) said a do-it-yourself approach to education, in which learners craft a path to graduation that best fits their needs, is a good idea. As leaders in online education, Connections Academy–supported online schools have fostered this personalized learning approach since the company's founding in 2001.
"The millennial generation flipped the workplace on its head, and all signs point to them breaking the status quo for education as well," said Steven Guttentag, president and cofounder of Connections Education. "Compared to older generations, this generation of parents ...