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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

What America Thinks: How Are Our Schools?

It’s back-to-school time across the country. But how do adults feel about the schools these days and the graduates they are turning out? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Multiple health and medical organizations believe that many middle- and high-schoolers don’t get enough sleep and cite early school days as a cause. They recommend starting school no earlier than 8:30 A.M. local time, but most schools nationwide start the school day before then. Nearly two-out-of-three Americans think 8:30 a.m. is a good time to start. Just 20% think it’s too early to start the school day, while 12% say it’s too late.

Most Americans think, too, that children in this country need to spend more time in school, although they oppose the idea of extending the school year to all 12 months.

As for homework, 20% think there is too much of it, while 27% say there’s not enough. Thirty-two percent (32%) rate the level of homework as about right, but that’s down from past years.

The bottom line, though, is the graduates these schools produce. Unfortunately, roughly 60% of U.S. voters believe the graduates of America’s public schools are not prepared for either college or the workforce. No wonder voters don’t think they’re getting their money’s worth out of the schools.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.