In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson looks at why it is so popular for politicians to call for more spending on schools.
If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. But Americans are a good deal more practical than that.
A story on NPR’s Morning Edition looks into why two new surveys come to different conclusions about the extent of support for the Common Core.
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has released the results of a national survey on education policy.
Americans React to Common Core and Other Education Policies
While many in state capitols and Washington, D.C. are placing bets against state and national accountability systems that range from No Child Left Behind to Common Core State Standards, the public remains faithful to its long-standing commitment to hold schools, students and teachers accountable.
Evidence suggests that Americans have been wise enough to ignore the woefully misleading information about student proficiency rates generated by state testing systems when forming judgments about the quality of their state’s schools.
The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do
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.