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New Survey Results Find Both Encouraging and Not-So-Encouraging News, When It Comes to American Education Over the Past 25 Years


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HAVE THE PAST 25 YEARS OF REFORM IMPROVED AMERICAN EDUCATION?  ACCORDING TO THE JUST-RELEASED "MET-LIFE SURVEY OF THE AMERICAN TEACHER: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE", THERE'S BOTH ENCOURAGING--AND NOT-SO-ENCOURAGING--NEWS.  DENNIS WHITE, OF MET-LIFE FOUNDATION, EXPLAINS...

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ACCORDING TO THE MET-LIFE SURVEY, TODAY'S TEACHERS FEEL MORE SATISFIED IN THEIR CAREERS, MORE RESPECTED, AND BETTER PREPARED, THAN TEACHERS FELT IN 19-84.  TODAY'S TEACHERS THINK THAT ACADEMIC STANDARDS ARE STRONGER--AND VIEW STUDENTS AS BEING BETTER PREPARED.  HOWEVER, THE SURVEY ALSO INDICATES THAT SOME LONG-STANDING CHALLENGES HAVE ACTUALLY INCREASED, OVER THE YEARS.
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THOSE CHALLENGES INCLUDE POVERTY, AND A LACK OF STUDENT FACILITY IN ENGLISH:  TODAY, ALMOST HALF OF TEACHERS SURVEYED SAY THAT POVERTY HINDERS LEARNING FOR A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE OF THEIR STUDENTS.  AND, 22-PERCENT OF TODAY'S TEACHERS SAY THAT A LACK OF FACILITY IN ENGLISH HINDERS LEARNING FOR A QUARTER OF THEIR STUDENTS--A FIGURE THAT'S DOUBLED SINCE THE LAST TIME THE QUESTION WAS ASKED, IN 19-92.  THE CHALLENGES SEEM GREATEST IN URBAN SCHOOLS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "MET-LIFE"-DOT-COM-SLASH-"TEACHER-SURVEY".



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