This is an excellent piece of research by Pew. However, I would like to make a few observations. The quality of education has changed from millenials‘ grandparents’ day. I would argue that the quality of a bachelor degree has been diluted over the years. Sadly, a bachelor degree is worth more from an elitist ivy league school than a state college. Also consider standards of basic numeracy and English? Can today’s millennial graduates spell without the aid of a spell-check? In fifty years, there has been enormous improvement in education but in the developed world large quality challenges have become pervasive. Quality standards vary enormously – consider France or the UK, not just the US? There’s also the education establishment with their bureaucracy and unions, who are often putting their own interests before their students – their customers/clients in the wider world. No, it’s time for service quality standards to reach education. Thoughts?
This is an interesting survey of US teachers by Pew. Clearly, teachers don’t think arming them is the solution to shootings in schools. Interestingly parents are less sure in another survey but still parents who want armed teachers are in a minority. From a risk analysis perspective, I think that the surveys are missing the point – they need to focus on risk mitigation to stop the shootings. Surely, potential remedies can be costed and risk assessed by experts? Thoughts?