ERIC Number: ED339818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Views of U.S. Public School Administrators on the Status of U.S. Public Education and the Role of Corporate America.
A survey was conducted jointly by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the Allstate Insurance Company to obtain the opinions of public school system administrators in order to contrast their views with those of 404 executives in the largest U.S. corporations. A questionnaire, mailed to 1,000 district superintendents who were members of AASA in December 1989, brought a return rate of 38.5 percent (385 responses) by January 1990. Among the findings were the following: 86 percent of the school administrators were from cities with populations under 500,000, whereas only 22 percent of the corporate executives were from such smaller cities; school administrators gave the public education system a B minus, whereas executives gave it a C minus; school administrators are quite optimistic about the trend toward improvement in public education, but executives were far less optimistic; administrators identified current educational problems as having to do with the role and structure of today's families, and executives blamed lack of emphasis on teaching the basic skills, undermotivated or poorly trained teachers, undermotivated students, and low academic standards; administrators perceived that the things most frequently done by companies to assist schools were contributing materials or equipment, offering summer or part-time jobs, and contributing money. Administrators perceived far less activity than the executives claimed on behalf of their companies. (An appendix more than half the document, includes data tabulations and copies of the questionnaires for school administrators and corporate executives.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.; Allstate Insurance Co., Northbrook, IL.
Note: Filled in type throughout.