I did link the latest Gallup poll on what Americans think about public education but it deserves an updated reprint.
First, from Gallup itself, the highlights:
Most Americans don’t know about the Common Core and those who do don’t understand it.
Of those Americans who had heard of the Common Core, many said — erroneously — that the standards are based on a blending of state standards, that the federal government is insisting that all states adopt the standards, and that there is a plan to create standards in all academic areas.
Kids are safe at school. Don’t give teachers and principals guns to protect children; invest in better
mental health services rather than weapons .
Charter schools probably offer a better education than traditional public schools.
High school students should be able to earn college credits via the Internet while attending high school.
Lack of financial support continues to be the biggest problem facing public schools .
Three new concerns rose to near the top of the list of the biggest problems facing public schools: lack of parental support, difficulties in getting good teachers, and testing requirements and regulations.
Students whose parents are not legal residents
Children of immigrants who are in the United States illegally should not have access to free public education.
Don’t spend public money to send children to private schools.
The significant increase in testing in the past decade has either hurt or made no difference in improving schools. Students’ standardized test scores should not be used to evaluate teachers.
Teacher evaluations should be available to the public — and so should evaluations of doctors and police.
High School Diploma
Most Americans believe dropouts are unprepared for careers but they also think that of high school graduates readiness for college or career.
School in your Community
A majority of American give the public schools in their community an A or B - the highest rating ever recorded by this poll - but fewer than one of five would give the schools national a B or better.
(It's kind of like the polling for Congress; hate Congress, love their representative/senator.)
Parents agree that their child has a higher level of well-being because of the school he or she attends,
that schools are doing a good job helping children build stronger relationships with friends and family members, and that schools help students become healthier and more involved in the community.
On the other hand, parents believe schools do a poor job teaching children how to manage their finances more effectively.
Americans trust public school teachers and principals.
More than 70% of Americans have trust and confidence in the men and women who teach in public
schools, and 65% have trust in public school principals.
These percentages are even higher for Americans under the age of 40.
They said preschool programs for low-income children would help those students perform better in school in their teenage years.