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Do Florida parents think too highly of their children's schools?



There's a new poll out that shows vast majorities of Hispanic and African-American parents view their kids' education as good or excellent.

They're almost as supportive of statements that their schools are doing a good job in preparing students for the world of college and work, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reports.

A good sign for schools? Or a bad omen for parents and children?

At a news conference in Miami, representatives of the group that put together the poll suggest the latter.

"Parents don’t understand the weaknesses of their kids’ education," pollster Sergio Bendixen said at a news briefing Wednesday in Miami.

"The real crisis is, we’re losing ground," added Sandy Close, New America Media’s executive director. "And how do we build awareness that there’s a serious crisis?"

They refer to testing results that show large percentages of students behind grade level, and to college reports that many students arrive needing remediation.

We often hear this apparent paradox, that people think the schools need improvement, but not their school -- regardless of test results. There's often so much more to the picture, such as the way teachers treat children and teach them things well beyond tested materials. Yet the focus remains on tests.

Are parents giving too much credit to their schools, as the pollsters suggest? 

[Last modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:05am]


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