I wonder if it's meaningful that more people said public schools are best today than in 2004. I haven't seen other surveys showing that confidence in public schools is rising - ?
Forty-seven percent (47%) of all adults rate public schools as the best type of schooling for students. Thirty-five percent (35%) say private schools are best, while just nine percent (9%) think home schooling is the best way to go.
In August 2004, 42% of Americans said public schools provide the best education for children, but just as many (43%) said they offer the worst education.
Among those who now have children in elementary or secondary schools, support for public schools is even higher at 52%. Thirty-three percent (33%) of these adults think private schools are the best type of schooling for students, and five percent (5%) favor home schooling the most.
Seventy-two percent (72%) of these parents rate the performance of their child’s school as good or excellent, down nine points from September 2008. This includes 40% who say their children’s schools are excellent, but that’s a seven-point drop from the earlier survey. Just three percent (3%) now say their child’s school is performing poorly.[snip]
Those who earn more than $75,000 per year view public and private schools equally in terms of which is the best type of schooling.
Women are twice as likely as men to view the performance of their child’s school as excellent. Younger parents have a much higher appreciation of the schools than those who are older.
Women twice as likely as men to view their child's school as excellent: jibes with my impressions.
And: only 52% of those who currently have children in
Of course, that perception fuels overspending on houses in areas with nominally high performing schools.
* Approximately 11% of US children attend private schools. (pdf file)