1 July 2021
Parents Prefer Printed Books Over Digital for Their Kids
CHICAGO—
Parents believe kids learn  a lot better from printed books
Parents believe kids learn a lot better from printed books
 The Book Manufacturers Institute recently commissioned well-known pollster Frank Luntz to find out how parents view the effectiveness of various learning materials, including books, textbooks and workbooks. The most definitive conclusion was that virtually every parent wants physical materials as part of student learning. 85% of parents want physical books in some form, and 88% think they are important and essential learning tools. In the survey of 1,000 parents of K-12 school children across America,
Researching and promoting the value of paper and print
Researching and promoting the value of paper and print
the results could not be more conclusive. Parents are deeply focused on what their children learn and, just as important, how they learn it: by a 69% to 31% margin, parents chose physical over online materials when given the option. In every possible measurement, parents believe physical books will outperform online. From testing results to successful learning, from knowledge retention to focusing on the subject, parents simply believe the physical book is the superior teaching tool. Parents cited distractions that students encounter with online materials, such as the ease of surfing the internet during instruction, as the No. 1 concern in moving away from physical printed materials. It’s why parents believe their kids will comprehend better using physical books and why over 70% of parents would prefer their kids hold a book rather than a tablet.
 
 
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