With the United States ranking anywhere from 14th to 26th in the world on an education scale, we wanted to know if you think it is time for a change in our learning system. In a national scientific telephone survey, Poll Position asked if you feel we are teaching the right things in this country to be competitive, or if it is time to change curriculum?
A large majority of Americans, 70%, said we need to change our curriculum to be more competitive, while 21% said we are teaching the right things four our children to be competitive in the world.
Men and women strongly feel changes are needed with 72% of men saying the curriculum needs to change, 68% of women agreed we need changes in our educational system to be more competitive. About one out of every five men and women think we are currently teaching the right thing in our schools.
Almost three-quarters of African Americans, 73%, called for changes in the classrooms while 69% of whites did so as well. Twenty-one percent of both whites and African-Americans think we are teaching the right things now to be competitive.
A third of the young people, 18-29, think we are teaching the right things with 33% liking the present curriculum, against 60% who do not.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,066 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 03, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%.
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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position Crosstabs- school curriculum
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