Education is declining and no one can agree on its cause: Survey

by ian

Teaching has become a national discourse as fights flare up, mostly between parents and school boards, over the state of education for the kids. Those flareups and disagreements have spilled over into a new Pew Research survey, which suggests that it will be some time before we have a consensus on these problems.

The survey took answers from thousands of K-12 public school teachers regarding their thoughts on schooling. Most of these teachers say their jobs are stressful, overwhelming and more difficult than usually perceived. Most also say that their schools are understaffed and underpaid, and just over half say they would not advise a young person to pursue a career in teaching.

One aspect of the study asked teachers how they perceive the “overall state of public K-12 education.” An overwhelming amount – 82% – said it has become worse compared to five years ago, and just over half say it will continue that way for years to come.

As for why they feel this way, teachers mostly blamed the current political climate, the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in the availability of resources. The general American populace, however, thinks that teachers are more to blame for declining educational standards.

Pew Research asked American adults the same question regarding their perception of the education system in the nation. Data shows that 51% of American adults said that K-12 education is going in the wrong direction.

Of that group, most of them said that their teachers are either not spending enough time on core academia or they are bringing their personal politics into the classroom.

Unsurprisingly, two hot-button issues behind this problem involve gender identity and racial inequality. The data shows that more parents and teachers believe that racial inequality should be discussed in school. Thankfully, most parents and teachers seem to agree that schools should generally avoid teaching anything with regard to gender identity.

Political affiliation plays a great role in all of these issues.

Quickly summarized, of those who show concern over educational direction, Republicans put a greater focus on what is being taught in schools and would prefer avoiding schools enforcing lessons on gender identity and racial inequality. They also believe parents do not have enough influence on what their kids are learning.

Democrats show greater concern over the amount of resources and say that parents have too much say in the educational process. Teachers and adults, Republicans and Democrats, are practically on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to American education.

We here at FISM News have reported on the climate surrounding our schools and education system, and all of that coverage can be found on for review and reflection. This survey also delves further into other issues regarding education and classroom behavior and can be found on the web at