2018 Survey Results: Identifying the Educators

by Lucas Hilty


For three weeks in November, we asked conservative Anabaptist educators to tell us about their work at school. In this post, we begin sharing the results. As you read, remember: this survey was conducted online and does not represent a scientific sampling of educators in the conservative Anabaptist community. The results should not be taken as accurate representations of the situation in most schools. Instead, we offer these insights to prompt your reflections and encourage your own work in education.

Who are the respondents?

85 people filled out the survey. Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio were particularly well-represented, which seems to reflect the higher number of conservative Anabaptist schools in those states.

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Role in School

Forty-nine women and thirty-six men responded. While men are more likely to be administrators, women staff the majority of teaching positions.

Since many respondents fill several roles, the total of the above numbers is more than the total number of respondents.

School Size and Gender

The majority of respondents work with schools that have fewer than 35 students, or more than 100. Interestingly, men outnumbered women in one category: schools with 50-75 students.

Not all respondents answered the school size question. In addition, note that larger schools might be expected to provide more respondents.

School Resources

Respondents were asked to rank their school's resources in twelve categories. In general, majorities of the respondents felt that their schools provide ample or sufficient resources in most categories.

Notice that parent participation received the largest number of "limited" responses. Textbooks and curriculum received the largest number of "ample" ratings.

We divided responses by number of students in the school, which revealed some interesting variations. Educators at small schools were more likely to feel that they had limited resources. Educators at every size school felt the need for more parent participation.

Small Schools

Small Schools

Small Schools

Common Curricula

Educators who responded to this survey selected the curriculum their school uses, and filled in additional titles not listed in the survey.

Schools represented here show a strong preference for Christian curriculum, particularly from Anabaptist publishers. In addition to the main publishers in these groups, schools supplement with a variety of curricula from secular and homeschool publishers.

Other titles that received one mention each: AOP, ARTiculations, BCE, Betty Lukens, Copp Clark, Demme, Foundational, Foundational Math, Geraldine Koehn’s music books, Globe Book Co., Grace Press, Hake Publishers, IEW, Journeys with God, local, Memoria, Moyer Music, Positive Action Bible Curriculum, Purposeful Design, School Aid, Social Studies Alive!, stuff teachers make up, Teaching Textbooks, Wordly Wise, WWPPS, Zaner-Bloser, and “a few others not on this list.

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