New Poll Finds Most Americans Don’t Realize What School Is For

92 percent of Americans support after-school programs.

The 49th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward Public School was released. It finds that those surveyed apparently don’t realize what school is for – education, not social services.

The Atlantic reports:

When it comes to judging a school’s quality, what matters most? A new poll suggests the American public puts a premium on offerings outside of traditional academics, including career-focused education, developing students’ interpersonal skills, and providing after-school programs and mental-health care.

Education reformers have been pushing career technical education (CTE) and social-emotional learning and now we have a poll that shows Americans are eating the crap sandwich with a smile.

The poll shows:

  • 82 percent believes that public schools should provide career-related classes while 86 percent believe they should provide a certificate or licensure program.
  • 92 percent believe public schools should provide after-school programs.
  • 87 percent believe public schools should provide mental health services for students in need.
  • 79 percent believe public schools should provide general health services for students in need.
  • 65 percent believe public schools should provide dental services for students in need.
  • 76 percent believe public schools are justified in seeking additional money to pay for it.
  • 36 percent believe public schools helping students learn skills like being cooperative, respectful of others, and persistent at solving problems is the most important factor in school quality.

This is disturbing, but then you look at the methodology. Less than half of the respondents are parents of school-aged children (636 out of 1588). Why did they intentionally ask for the youngest adult of the household? How many of these respondents pay school taxes? How many were single parent households? How many who are dependent upon government assistance?

Polls like this will be touted by education reformers to further push their agenda and take drive us in a direction that will not improve the quality of public education, but toward replacing the family with the local school.

Schools struggle with teaching reading and math so we want them to take on additional social services too? That doesn’t make sense.

3 thoughts on “New Poll Finds Most Americans Don’t Realize What School Is For

  1. Any survey/poll can frame/ask the questions so that the data comes out a particular way. Of course I believe in a lot of what the poll shows, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a sense of what school is for. School is (and should be) different for every child. Some kids don’t want to go to college and it would be nice for them to have technical training so that they can get a job after high school. Some kids have emotional baggage that gets in the way of learning and getting along with others, so I do believe that some mental health services through a school psychologist should be offered. It is nice to have children in a safe setting after school hours instead of having a child ride the bus home and watching TV until parents come home.

  2. This is what happens when the government involves itself in anything. It becomes nothing more than a political tool for greedy politicians to harvest votes instead of what it is intended for. There’s a reason for the constitution.

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