Results of a national survey about education point to a majority of opinion in favor of parental control instead of government decision makers.
Guy Doud, former National Teacher of the Year, Baxter resident and Nisswa pastor, recently joined a news conference that provided the results of the survey released by Parents in Charge.
In response to parents' desires for alternatives, Doud said philanthropist Ted Forstmann established the non-profit organization. The group recently hired a polling firm to survey parents.
Results of their survey can be found at www.parentsincharge.org. A majority of those polled thought parents should be able to choose what school their children attend and 69 percent said parents, not government, should set the standards for education performance.
In a news release, Joseph Califano, former secretary of health, education and welfare, said: "The Parents in Charge program announced today may well be one of the most important developments in education in decades. The will of the American people, as demonstrated by the new survey results, clearly is with change."
Califano and Doud attended the news conference regarding the study Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Reached at home, Doud said education faced a variety of challenges, including a growing crisis to find teachers to fill classrooms. He said teachers stifled by the system's paper work, rules and regulations are quitting.
Teachers unions have become so frightened of teacher evaluations and become so strong as unions that Doud said teachers now seem more like union workers than professionals at times.
"Teachers no longer feel like professionals and society no longer recognizes teachers as professionals like they used to," Doud said, adding other professions are given freedom to do what they are trained to do and then held accountable for it.
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