17th 2011
Four Takes on the Phi Delta Kappa Education Poll: Pretty Darn Klever, Huh?

Posted under Journalism & Just For Fun & Online Schools & School Choice & Teachers

It was to my youthful bemusement that today I ran across several edublog postings about a new “PDK” poll. PDK? At first I wondered that might stand for: Pretty Darn Klever? (or Kute?) Maybe Precociously Delightful Kid? (Guess they weren’t really talking about me, though….)

It’s actually the 43rd Phi Delta Kappa poll of American opinion on the public schools. Who has time to actually read it these days? Maybe you do, but instead I’ll just point you to some highlights brought out by more astute commentators:

  • Writing on his Education Week blog, Rick Hess notes a promising response on teacher effectiveness vs. class size, while bringing attention to Americans’ increasingly polarized views about teacher unions
  • Edspresso calls some of the results into question because it “lacks much needed context” that could better inform respondents’ answers about issues such as online learning and school choice
  • Adam Emerson at redefinED has his own justified critique, observing that the wording of the question on vouchers suppressed favorable responses — quite a contrast to the Education Next survey released a couple weeks ago
  • Alexander Russo summarizes a USA Today story that documents the phenomenon of more Americans loving their local schools while being down on the American public education in general

There. Pointing you to the revealing insights of other well-informed education observers rather than taking extra time to pore over the pages of the survey itself. That’s Pretty Darn Klever, don’t you think?


3 Responses to “Four Takes on the Phi Delta Kappa Education Poll: Pretty Darn Klever, Huh?”

  1. Independent Teachers » Blog Archive » New Phi Delta Kappa Poll Makes Case for Teacher Membership Alternatives on 22 Aug 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    [...] state of American public opinion on teachers and their unions, as reported in the recent Phi Delta Kappa / Gallup poll, suggests a strong value to giving our public educators not only professional membership [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » New PDK/Gallup Public Education Survey Results More Helpful in Context on 22 Aug 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    [...] attitude toward public schools.” Right up front, let it be known that this won’t be as “Pretty Darn Klever” as my commentary on last year’s results, but a few things of interest need to be pointed out [...]

  3. Ed is Watching » PDK/Gallup Public Education Survey Has Earned Skepticism, and Here’s Why on 23 Aug 2013 at 11:42 am #

    [...] as how it’s back-to-school season, it must be time for my Third Annual “Let’s Take a Closer Look at the PDK/Gallup Public Education Survey” posting. It [...]

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