Poll: How Americans Grade The School System
IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED In general, how would you rate the quality of American public schools--excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor? Excellent 3% Pretty good 36% Only fair 36% Poor 23% Not sure 2% A DIRECT STAKE Do you have a child or grandchild who is currently attending or has attended U.S. public schools in the past five years, or not? Yes 52% No 47% Not sure 1% FAMILY REPORT (If yes:) How would you rate the quality of those schools--excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor? Excellent 16% Pretty good 44% Only fair 29% Poor 10% Not sure 1% NEIGHBORS' VIEW (If no:) How would you rate the quality of the public schools in your local community--excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor? Excellent 12% Pretty good 43% Only fair 25% Poor 17% Not sure 3% WHAT'S GOING WRONG Within the public school system, is each of the following a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, not a very serious problem, or not a problem at all? Very Somewhat Not very Not a Not serious serious serious problem sure A lack of parental involvement with children's education 56% 26% 9% 6% 3% A shortage of teachers 37% 23% 18% 18% 4% An insufficiently challenging curriculum 33% 31% 16% 13% 7% Too many administrative rules governing individual schools 25% 37% 22% 9% 7% A lack of up-to-date computers and equipment 24% 30% 24% 16% 6% A short school year18% 24% 25% 28% 5% SCHOOL BUCKS Even if it might mean higher taxes, would you favor spending more money on your community's public schools, or would you favor spending less or about the same amount of money? More 47% Less 8% About the same 43% Not sure 2% LEVELING THE LEARNING FIELD Now I'd like to read you a series of statements about public school education in this country. Tell me whether you agree or disagree with each statement. Agree Disagree Not sure School districts that decide to raise more money to pay for better schools should be allowed to do so 86% 13% 1% Children should be able to attend any school they qualify for, including public, parochial, or private schools, with government money going to poor or middle-income children attending private or parochial schools 69% 29% 2% Children should be able to attend the public school of their choice, including one out of their district, with government money going to the school they attend 63% 35% 2% To ensure more equal spending among districts, financing of the public school system should be taken out of the hands of local government and moved toward federal or state governments 43% 52% 5% Most of the money for schools should continue to come from local taxes, not state or federal taxes 41% 56% 3% BACK TO BASICS Do you favor or oppose each of the following proposed changes to the curriculum in public schools? Not Favor Oppose sure Putting more emphasis on teaching tougher, more challenging basics such as reading, writing, math, and science 96% 3% 1% Teaching more practical skills that can be used in the work force 92% 7% 1% Raising requirements for passing courses and graduating 80% 18% 2% Teaching more about foreign countries and languages 71% 27% 2% Teaching a broader, more enriched curriculum, including more arts and music 67% 32% 1% TEACHERS' PAYCHECKS Bearing in mind that they are paid out of taxes, do you think public school teachers are paid enough, too little, or too much? Enough 35% Too little 55% Too much 6% Not sure 4% THE EDUCATION PRESIDENT? Who do you think would do a better job of improving education in this country if elected President--President Bush or Governor Clinton? Bush 35% Clinton 49% Not sure 16% Survey of 1,250 adults conducted Aug. 26-31, 1992, for BUSINESS WEEK by Louis Harris & Associates Inc. Results should be accurate to within 3 percentage points.
To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.
If you believe that you may have received this message in error please let us know.
You might like:
- Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting
- Why a Pub in the Middle of Nowhere Was Named the World’s Best Restaurant
- Gulf Coast Oil Spill May Be Largest Since 2010 BP Disaster
- Racist Outburst Prompts Faber’s Exit From Three Company Boards
- Airbus Snaps Up Bombardier Jet in New Challenge to Boeing