American Faith In Public Schools At Historic Low
Gallup is recording its lowest level of faith in public since they began keeping track of the metric back in the 1970′s:
The latest Gallup polls measuring Americans’ confidence in the nation’s institutions have been released, and the news is not good. Newspapers, banks, and small businesses all took a hit, while gains for the Congress, the Presidency, and the criminal justice system were relatively minor. One of the largest drops was for public schools. According to the poll, confidence in public schools has dropped five percentage points in the past year to 29 percent, a historic low since the question was first asked in the early 1970s.
Like Glenn Reynolds, I blame the teachers’ unions.
In recent years, it seems to me that actual education in our public schools has taken a back seat to enriching union members and distributing certain political agendas.
School choice, of course, would cure this problem by ending the public school monopoly and empowering those with the most interest in school performance. Namely, parents and students.Tags: Education, gallup, public schools, school choice