ERIC Number: ED433606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Americans' Perceptions about Public Education.
This report examines Americans' attitudes, opinions, and perceptions about public education over the past three decades. The major conclusions are as follows: (1) Americans continue to value and have confidence in public schools. The more first-hand knowledge people have about the public schools, the more favorable their perceptions; (2) People are split on the question of whether the nation's schools are as good as they used to be; many people, particularly employers and college-level educators, think public schools are not as good as they can and should be; (3) There is widespread concern about the quality and performance of the nation's urban schools; (4) Public perceptions about what is wrong with education are complex and, in some cases, at odds with the facts; (5) Many Americans view public-school funding as neither adequate nor equitable, but few agree about the best way to finance schools; (6) Across a wide spectrum of interests and perspectives, there is a surprising level of agreement about the purpose of public education and about what it will take to improve schools; (7) Americans favor reforming the public-school system rather than dismantling and replacing it; and (8) Americans still trust teachers, principals, and school-board members to manage schools, but the public's trust is wavering. (Contains 18 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.