Saturday, July 23, 2011
Most Americans think there's not enough discipline in public schools today and feel it's tougher for teachers to maintain control than it was when they were kids.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of American Adults believe discipline in public schools is too easy. Only five percent (5%) say it’s too tough, while 19% think the level of discipline imposed in modern public school classrooms is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of adults say it’s harder for a teacher to maintain discipline in the classroom than it was when they were students. Just 13% disagree.
But only 11% think a student's behavior in class is primarily the teacher's responsibility. Forty-seven percent (47%) say parents are most responsible for their child's behavior, while 36% believe the students themselves are responsible. Two percent (2%) delegate that responsibility to school authorities, and one percent (1%) think the police are most responsible.
The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 19-20, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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