Americans overwhelmingly believe that the next president should rely on education leaders, rather than political or business leaders, for advice about education. The current conversation among the education reform cognoscenti turns this preference on its head, in what Dan Brown has called the "de-Baathification" of education reform: The desire among many political and business leaders to pursue school transformation without input from, or respect for, the educators who must carry it out.
The most important news to come out of today's Kappan poll release [PDF] is not the responses to any of the questions but the sample composition: 65% women, 84% white, 50% aged 50 and older, 44% college graduates (and 71% with some college experience), 43% with incomes $50K and above, and 19% from the Census West region of the country. I skimmed through the questions with some interest, and then my jaw dropped on the last page.
Funny how it always seems less important to dig into the details of the studies you already agree with.