71% see book learning as key to successI'd love to see this question asked of a) classroom teachers, b) administrators, c) education school professors, d) educational consultants, and e) VENDORS. I'm guessing teachers would be much closer to the public than the other three.
Fifteen percent (15%) say street smarts are more important, and 14% are not sure which is better.
More than eight-out-of-10 adults who earn more than $75,000 per year say book learning is more important than street smarts, higher than for any other income groups.
In any event, the fact that 71% of the public thinks book learning* is the secret to success while 86% of education professors told Public Agenda that, "The process of learning is more important ... than whether or not students absorb specific knowledge," tells you parents and taxpayers need a vote. A vote and a veto, preferably.
While I'm constructing my survey wish list, I'd like to know how many parents would sign off on this sentiment:
Nearly 9 in 10 (86%) say when K-12 teachers assign math or history questions, it is more important for kids to struggle with the process of finding the right answers than knowing the right answer.
students must struggle
* I am assuming that by "book learning" parents mean learning and remembering, i.e. the acquisition of knowledge