Sent to the Fresno Bee, August 18, 2013
Reports of the results of the recent AP-NORC poll ("AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing," August 17), missed an important finding: 75% of those interviewed rated the school their child attends as excellent or good, but only 38% rated public schools in the US in general as excellent or good.
An obvious explanation: Parents know a lot about the school their child attends, but their opinion of American education comes from the media. For decades, the media has been presenting a biased view.
In a column accompanying the 2009 Gallup poll on education, which produced nearly identical results, Gerald Bracey stated it this way: "Americans never hear anything positive about the nation's schools ... negative information flows almost daily from media, politicians, and ideologues."
In reality, American schools are doing quite well: When researchers control for poverty, American students' international test scores rank near the top of the world.
I wonder how many of those interviewed know this?
original article: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/08/17/3446446/ap-norc-poll-parents-back-high.html