ERIC Number: ED325922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
America's Toughest Assignment: Solving the Education Crisis. [CBS News Education Poll.]
CBS, Inc., New York, NY.
Americans want increased federal involvement in their local schools, but they are hesitant about federal control of the classroom. A special CBS News poll, conducted among a nationwide random sample of 1,107 adults (347 of which currently have children in school) by telephone between May 30 and June 2, 1990, indicated a significant division on whether the local or the Federal Government should control the curriculum. While parents with children in school are more willing than the general public to have increased federal participation, two-thirds of those surveyed believed that individual teachers or the local school board should determine how classes are taught. According to the American public, not only are teachers paid too little, but they also do not receive enough respect. Americans are divided on how teachers today compare with the teachers of their youth: nearly the same numbers say teachers today are better than they used to be as say they are the same or worse. Most parents interviewed in this poll reported some real contact with their children's books, teachers, or homework. Practically all the parents had examined their children's text books with most indicating that they are generally fairly good. Included are the 36 poll questions and the percentages of responses received. (KM)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Educational Attitudes, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Public Opinion, School Based Management, School Organization, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Salaries, Textbook Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: CBS, Inc., New York, NY.