Public schools take their fair share (okay, often more than their fair share) of lumps from politicians, especially the ones who work in Washington. So we couldn’t help but notice the findings of a recent Gallup poll revealing that these are woeful times for the federal government in the eyes of Americans.
How bad is it? Ever hear of Watergate? Well…
Now, Americans generally express less trust in the federal government than at any point in the past decade, and trust in many federal government institutions is now lower than it was during the Watergate era, generally recognized as the low point in American history for trust in government.
On ability to handle domestic issues, which BoardBuzz has a keen interest in, not a lot of love. How does that play into Congress’ need to tackle tough matters, like say increasing education funding and fixing No Child Left Behind?
Less than half of Americans, 47%, now have at least a fair amount of trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems. Gallup found a sub-50% reading on this measure only one other time, in 1976.
But while Americans are vastly unimpressed with the Feds, they still express faith in their state and local governments. So maybe before members of Congress and the administration launch into the occasional trashing of our schools, they ought to take steps to restore credibility in their own houses. One place we might suggest they begin is with improving NCLB and providing states and local districts with the appropriate latitude to make education decisions.