Every year since 1969 Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup have done a poll on education issues. I’ve previously posted on the results from the last two years.
They just released this year’s results and, instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m just going to suggest you go over to the Hechinger Ed blog to read their summary. (USA Today also has an article on the results).
Here is one interesting result:
Most people trust public-school teachers and want them to have more freedom in the classroom. Even though a solid majority (68 percent) of respondents said most of the news they hear about teachers is bad, an even higher percentage (71 percent) said they trust public-school teachers to do their jobs. And more still—73 percent—said teachers should be given greater flexibility and not have to follow a strict curriculum.