This is a wonderful resource of what the public thinks of education. There were a few surprises, especially regarding our need to educate parents about he Common Core.
Highlights of the 2013 PDK/Gallup poll/ What Americans said about the public schools
Most Americans don’t know about the Common Core and those who do don’t understand it.
Kids are safe at school. Don’t give teachers and principals guns to protect children; invest in better mental health services rather than weapons.
High school students should be able to earn college credits via the Internet while attending high school.
The significant increase in testing in the past decade has either hurt or made no difference in improving schools.
Charter schools probably offer a better education than traditional public schools.
Lack of financial support continues to be the biggest problem facing public 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.
Don’t spend public money to send children to private schools.
CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Children of immigrants who are in the United States illegally should not have access to free public education.