Recent findings from the well-regarded Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup poll elicited snappy interpretations and familiar laments about the public’s lack of confidence in public schools and dissatisfaction with teachers. But before we rush to yet more negative judgments about the condition of American education, we need to remember that while the results of opinion surveys in general are often tantalizing, it’s not always clear what to make of them.
About 120 million youth around the world lack access to education, according to UNESCO, the United Nations scientific and cultural organization. Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, says the George Washington University is poised to help decrease those numbers.
It is an exciting time to be part of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development as we debate and engage in some of our nation's most important policy issues. Here, we believe that education has been and will continue to be the single greatest contributor to the public good and the nation's future. I'm looking forward to meeting and discussing these critical topics with you.
Dean Michael J. Feuer Ph.D.