Paul Peterson talks with the Wall Street Journal about a new survey showing that the public is turning against teachers unions.
My colleagues and I went out on a limb yesterday when we wrote an op-ed piece saying that teacher unions were in trouble. So I watched the news last night with a worried eye after CNN told me that the exit polls in Wisconsin showed a tight race.
On Top of the News Peterson, Howell and West: Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem Wall Street Journal | 6/4/12 Behind the Headline The Public Weighs in on School Reform Education Next | Fall 2011 A new public opinion survey finds that the percentage of people taking a negative view of teacher unions is growing, […]
Surprise! The press paints a distorted picture
Ed Next readers—or at least those who participate in our polls—are not all that different from the public at large, except that they seem to know more about the issues and are thus more inclined to take a position on them. That’s what we discovered when we asked the same questions of readers as were posed to a representative cross-section of the public as a whole in 2011.
It’s long been said that public education must achieve both public and private aims. The public, which foots the bill, has an interest in a well-educated populace. Parents—schools’ primary clients—want a strong foundation for their own children. Much of the time these two interests are in perfect alignment. But what happens when they’re not?
The new Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup survey makes clear that most adults value their children’s teachers.
Intense controversies do not alter public thinking, but teachers differ more sharply than ever
The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree
For several decades pollsters have asked American citizens to grade the nation’s public schools, both nationally and within their local community. Yet we know next to nothing about how citizens go about answering.
Can citizens tell a good school when they see one?
Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits
Student learning is seldom a factor in school board elections
The 2009 Education Next-PEPG Survey asks if information changes minds about school reform.
Opinion on merit pay has yet to consolidate in one direction or another, as a lot of people have yet to make up their mind.
What happens when the education reporter goes away?
In polls, the way you ask the question can sometimes determine the answer you get. If the public has no strong opinion, they can be swayed by the question itself.
According to the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll, 64 percent of all Americans “favor the idea of charters.” But according to the Ednext poll, only 39 percent “support the formation of charter schools.”
Video: Martin West talks with Education Next about what it takes to change public opinion about reforms like charter schools.
“Obama Effect” Strongly Influences Public Attitudes on Controversial Education Topics, according to Education Next–PEPG 2009 National Survey
Findings Show Research Evidence Can Be Equally Significant in Shaping Public Opinion. Read the full article,
The Persuadable Public, by William G. Howell, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West.
A look at the latest Ednext poll convinces me that the charter school movement needs to do one and only one thing to succeed—prove that charters can be effective in the classroom.
Download Complete Results Here (PDF).
How information affects Americans’ support for school spending and charter schools
When Provided with Accurate Information, Public Support for Increased Spending on Schools and Teacher Salaries Declines, Researchers Find
Read the full article, Educating the Public, by William G. Howell and Martin R. West.
Americans think less of their schools than of their police departments and post offices