I relay several more poll results from the Phi Delta Kappa – Gallup Poll folks. It appears that they have been carefully asking the eact same questions about public schools for quite a long time. The overall trends have been quite interesting, and won’t please Bill Gates or any of the other billionaires trying to destroy reshape American schools.
The source for all of this data is http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/docs/2010_Poll_Report.pdf or else click here.
#1. Here is a table/graph on public opinions about the insidious NCLB law since the year 2003. If you look at the graph, you can see that at the outset, the vast majority of people had no clue about NCLB. At that time, and for the next several years, of the rest of the population, the opinion was generally positive. Things have now changed. There are still people who like the law, and there are still folks who don’t know enough to say, but the most common response is that it stinks either badly or very badly. (In vernacular terms.)
#2. For several decades, Gallup pollsters have been asking in a totally open-ended way (no list of choices is given) what people think is the greatest problem facing public schools in their community. They ask this question first, so as to NOT bias the answer by any other question. Notice what is the #1 topic of concern about the schools today. It ain’t drugs. It ain’t even student discipline. What is it? (hint: rhymes with honey)
#3. This next graph is very, very interesting. Despite the best efforts of the gloom-and-doom pundits and the billionaire meddlers, the general opinion of public schools in general, and of the public schools attended by children of people responding to the poll, appears to be the HIGHEST today than at any time in the past few decades.
Let me repeat that.
THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS A HIGHER OPINION OF BOTH NATIONAL AND LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE THIS SURVEY WAS STARTED!!!!!
BTW, I didn’t make these pretty graphs. The folks who wrote the study results did.