Just about every political poll these days shows a humongous differential in how Republicans and Democrats view the same facts. In the recently reported annual poll on attitudes toward public education by Phi Delta Kappan magazine there is a similar chasm between teachers and principals.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
Survey Question: WHEN IT COMES TO THE TEACHER-PRINCIPAL RELATIONSHIP AT YOUR SCHOOL, IS STUDENT DISCIPLINE A MAJOR SOURCE OF FRICTION?
Answering YES: TEACHERS: 52% PRINCIPALS: 24%
Survey Statement: TEACHERS AT MY SCHOOL FEEL EMPOWERED TO BRING PROBLEMS TO THE PRINCIPAL:
Those who “completely agree” with this: TEACHERS: 25% PRINCIPALS: 69%
In the Toolbox Training our firm provides, we talk a lot about the interaction between teachers and campus administrators. This survey reveals a yawning gap in perception. Principals might want to address that.
DAWG BONE: THERE MIGHT BE MORE FRICTION ON YOUR CAMPUS THAN YOU ARE AWARE OF.
Tomorrow: Anti-vaxxers in New York