Parents and Higher Standards
Education Weekly reports that according to a study done by a New York policy group called Public Agenda:
Parents are twice as likely to cite lack of money and lack of respect for teachers as "very serious" problems as they are to cite low academic standards.
I would draw two conclusions from this:
1. This confirms my feeling that there is no great demand out there by parents for higher standards in public schools. (I wonder how many parents who did cite low academic standards as a serious problem would still feel that way if it meant their kids might get lower grades.)
2. Parents in general are smarter than this blogger has been giving them credit for.