My colleagues at the Friedman Foundation have released a big new survey of mothers of school-age kids. And let me tell you, momma ain’t happy:
- 61% of school moms say education’s on the wrong track; just 32% say it’s on the right track.
- Watch out, Common Core test consortia: 79% of school moms rate the federal government’s handling of education as fair or poor; only 17% said good or excellent.
- 82% of school moms gave an A or B to their local private schools, compared to 43% for public schools. (Momma ain’t unhappy enough!)
The study also surveyed non-moms, so you can compare and contrast. Unsurprisingly, the differences aren’t large – because if momma ain’t happy…
Now, “Momma” needs to make her unhappiness known to legislators and local school board members. It is past time for some real spring cleaning.
You’re leaving out that a plurality of “Mommas” also said that public education was underfunded.
Also, in the question about “characteristics or attributes” of a school that would make it a better choice, a survey from an anti-public-education organization curiously omitted the one complaint many of us *do* hear about public schools: the glut of standardized tests that now eat up a month or more in many places that could be spent actually educating kids.
Might that be because anti-public-school voices like you and your compatriots are imposing those tests on public-school students and teachers in order to make public education less desirable?