In the past, Valentine’s day celebrations have been a tradition for many American children, but they may soon be in jeopardy.
In a new study published online by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than half of school districts across the U.S. report students in their classrooms are having to stop decorating because they are afraid to make their classrooms look attractive, while only 20 percent of school parents say the same thing.
The study was conducted by the Child Development and Family Institute, which is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. It found that while most parents and teachers support students having fun in their classroom, they are worried about what they will see.
The study found that nearly three-quarters of schools report having to limit their decorations because they feel the decorations can cause “distress and disruption.”
The researchers found that more than 40 percent of parents have told school administrators that they are not willing to decoramp the classroom because they have felt pressured to do so by parents and school administrators.
“This means parents feel that their children will be unable to perform as well as they want them to,” said co-author Julie L. Johnson, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, who also works in the Child Health Research Center.
“Parents worry that they will be seen as not having the necessary skills and experience to teach their children in a way that’s fun for the students.”
The study looked at data from more than 15,000 elementary schools across the United States.
The researchers identified the students’ ages and gender.
Of those, about 2,400 schools were included in the study.
One in four school districts reported having to reduce their decorating, while a third reported cutting back on decorations because of the holidays.
Only 11 percent of schools reported they did not have to reduce decorations at all, and a fifth reported they were not aware of any regulations about the decorating of their classrooms.
The researchers found parents were particularly concerned about the possibility of “distracting and disrupting the learning environment” and that “children can become frustrated or upset by the absence of the right decorating in their own classroom.”
The majority of parents reported that the decorations that were in their children’s classroom did not match the decorator’s description of how the classroom was supposed to look.
“I feel like I’m not the only parent who’s worried about how it will look in my kids’ classroom,” said one mother who had a two-year-old son who was learning about science.
Johnson said it is not surprising that many parents are not happy with the decor of their child’s classroom.
“The most common complaint from parents is, ‘It’s not like the pictures that I have of the classroom and my son has pictures of,'” she said.
“There is no way to tell how the pictures are supposed to be decorated.”
She also noted that the findings are a reminder that the “cost of creating a successful classroom is high, but it’s not that high.”
“Parents are concerned about creating a beautiful classroom, and they have to be,” Johnson said.
“There are so many rules that we’ve learned to make sure we’re following in order to have a great classroom,” Johnson added.
Parents in the schools studied were more likely to say their children have been frustrated or annoyed with the decorations than the ones who did not.
More than a third of parents said their children would not be able to complete a task that required their participation because of decorations.
About three-fifths of parents also said they felt their children are being punished for not decorating well in their class.
While parents say they are working hard to create a good school environment, they do not have the resources to keep up with the demands of students in the classroom.
For example, when students are at recess, they may not be getting enough exercise or reading materials, and when they go to lunch, they will not have enough time to enjoy themselves, Johnson said, which will lead to frustration.
The study also found that when parents say that the decor is not being done properly, students do not seem to understand that they have the right to make the decisions for their own classrooms.
About one-third of parents in the studies surveyed said that they felt the decor would be a distraction and disruption to their child and they did little to encourage decorating.
In fact, a majority of those surveyed said they feel that they did nothing to encourage their children to decorant.
“We need to make parents feel more comfortable,” Johnson explained.
“We need them to feel like they have control over the decor, but we also need them not to think that they can control their kids.
We need to show parents that their choice of decorating is going to be a very important one for them, because they’ll have to decide how their classroom is going be decorated in the future.”
Johnson said that she believes many parents do not realize that their own decisions and expectations can have an impact