School’s Out?

While cramming your child’s backpack with freshly sharpened pencils, unopened glue sticks, and clean notebooks in preparation for the starting school year, you can’t help but be giddy thinking of all the potential knowledge and useful life skills he’s going to gain soon. Meanwhile, he’s squirming in anticipation (and maybe anxiety) at the thought of new friendships, test prep, and recess.

portrait of a dreaming schoolboy in a classroom

However, the rest of the country isn’t up to par on education enthusiasm; a recent poll found that confidence in U.S. schools is at a new low. According to the survey, only 29 percent of Americans expressed “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in our public schools. A startling 30 percent said they have very little or no confidence in public schools at all.

Why such a gloomy outlook? It could be because of new reports that find the U.S. education system has ineffectively prepared kids for economic prosperity and global competition. Or, perhaps, the fact that general dissatisfaction in U.S. institutions is a common theme as of late, according to recent Gallup polls.

To guarantee your kid is getting the most out of his school year, take a peek behind the schoolhouse doors and into the minds of the real crusaders of classroom victory: teachers and school staff. Their confidential pearls of wisdom will pave the way to academic excellence — for students and parents.

Image: Portrait of a dreaming schoolboy in a classroom via Shutterstock


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  1. by Jen

    On August 17, 2012 at 6:46 am

    My lack of confidence in my public school has less to do with the teachers and staff and more to do with the politisation of education. Get the billionaires (I’m looking at you, Bill Gates) and politicians out of the education business. They don’t understand it and their one size fits all approach has been disastrous.

  2. by Kat

    On August 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I would never send my son to a publjc school in my town. That’s where the drugs are introduced before ABCs. We are stretching my food stamps every possible way to make sure that my son goes to a private school where it is safe.