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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What America Thinks: Back to School? Not So Fast

Americans like their schools but not yet.

Parents of school-age children sing the praises of their local schools: 85% rate them as good or excellent - which is quite a surprise since views of the public schools in general remain low. But while Americans think kids need to spend more time in school, they also think it's good for them to have a lengthy period off during the summer. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say students learn life lessons during summer vacation that can't be learned in the classroom.

That helps explain why 61% of parents with school-age children oppose year-round school. Fifty-one percent (51%) of these parents think the schools shouldn't even open until after Labor Day which falls on September 5 this year. Forty-two percent (42%) are fine with the schools opening in August which is the case in more and more localities each year.

It's a safe bet, though, if we ask the kids themselves that they wouldn't be any hurry to get back to the books