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Article posted Aug 30 2012, 11:41 AM Category: General Source: Print

Gallup: Americans Rate Public Schools the Worst Place to Educate Children

By Terence P. Jeffrey

( - A new Gallup poll released today indicates that Americans rate public schools the worst place to educate children.

In the national survey conducted Aug. 9-12, private independent schools, parochial and church-related schools, charter schools and home-schooling all rated higher than public schools.

Gallup interviewers asked respondents: "I'm going to read a list of ways in which children are educated in the U.S. today. As I read each one, please indicate--based on what you know or have read and heard--how good an education each provides children--excellent, good, only fair, or poor. How about: public schools, parochial or church-related schools, independent private schools, charter schools, or home-schooling?"

Only 5 percent said they believe public schools give children an excellent eduction.

Another 32 percent said they believe public schools give children a good education. But this combined 37 percent who said public schools give children an excellent or good education was the lowest among the different types of schools Gallup included in its survey.

[...]Nineteen percent of Americans said they believe public schools give students a "poor" education. Only 2 percent said that about independent private schools, and only 5 percent said that about parochial and church-related schools and charter schools. Fourteen percent said they thought home-schooling provided students with a poor education.

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Posted: Sep 02 2012, 8:25 PM

6464 The schools always have their hands out for more money. They want us to believe that if we throw more money at education, quality will improve. Yet, the more money we throw at it, the dumber our kids become.

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