A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of all Likely U.S. Voters hold at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the [National Education Association], with 17% Very Favorable. Thirty-seven percent (37%) regard the teacher’s union at least somewhat unfavorably, including 22% with a Very Unfavorable view. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure what they think of the group...Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters view the [National Rifle Association] favorably, including 29% with a Very Favorable opinion. The NRA is regarded unfavorably by 41%, with 25% who have a Very Unfavorable view.So generally, 12% more of the population likes a group that promotes guns than likes a group that promotes teachers. While there are clearly other factors (e.g., marketing, political activities, etc.) at work here rather than just a question guns vs. teachers, it made me wonder a little bit about how much society values my aspirations to teach.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Since many of us are currently in the business of education and many of us hope teaching will play a significant role in our careers, I thought I would share this interesting piece of social commentary. From Rasmussen Reports: