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  Previous GreatSchools Poll results
October 2008

Should the U.S. pay for preschool for all?
Yes, itís an investment in our future.
+++  54%
Maybe, but my tax dollars could be better spent.
+++  6%
No, parents should pay.
+++  41%
Total Votes: 592
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Should state governments provide preschool for all?
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September 2008

Has the fiscal crisis led you to teach your child about money?
Yes. I've started teaching my child money basics.
+++38%
No. I've taught my child to manage money all along.
+++58%
No. I don't want the national crisis to scare him.
+++4%
Total Votes: 502
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How do you teach your kids about financial literacy?
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August 2008

Should schools pay parents for kids' good attendance?
Yes. It might improve school attendance.
+++  15%
No. This is just plain bribery.
+++  37%
No, but parents of truant kids should be penalized.
+++  48%
Total Votes: 2293
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Discuss this poll question on Community:
Should parents be rewarded -- or punished -- for their kids' school attendance?
July 2008

Will the economy affect your back-to-school shopping?
Yes, we're buying less this year.
+++43%
Yes, we're shopping for better bargains.
+++44%
No, we'll buy/spend the usual amount.
+++12%
Total Votes: 169
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For more information read:
10 Tips for Smart Back-to-School Shopping
June 2008

What's your child's favorite summer learning activity?
Organized summer learning program
+++  26%
Reading for pleasure
+++  42%
Visiting museums
+++  24%
Writing stories and plays
+++  8%
Total Votes: 476
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Visit the summer learning section of our Parent Community to exchange ideas.
What's your child's favorite summer learning activity?
May 2008

What kind of gift do you give a teacher at the end of the school year?
Homemade gift or trinket
+++  23%
Gift card or luxury item
+++  61%
None
+++  17%
Total Votes: 2604
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Talk about this topic on the GreatSchools community:
What kind of gift do you give a teacher at the end of the year?
April 2008

At what age should a child get her first job?
Middle school
+++ 19%
High school
+++ 68%
After high school graduation
+++ 13%
Total Votes: 1871
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Talk about this topic on the GreatSchools community:
At what age do you think a child should get her first job?
March 2008

What do you want most from your child's school counselor?
Academic help and study skills
+++  24%
Educational and college planning
+++  33%
Career and life planning
+++  13%
Social skills coaching
+++  30%
Total Votes: 828
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Talk about this topic on the GreatSchools community:
What do you want most from your child's school counselor?
February 2008

Should schools give students cash for good grades?
Yes. It will motivate struggling students.
+++  27%
No. Bribing students is always wrong.
+++  46%
Maybe. We should test a reward system.
+++  27%
Total Votes: 1381
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Should schools give students cash for good grades?
January 2008

How does your school raise money?
A big annual fund-raiser
+++  27%
Lots of small fund-raisers
+++  64%
Asks for donations directly
+++  9%
Total Votes: 851
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Want to learn more?

Read: Raising Money for Your School
December 2007

Should school start later so teens get their sleep?
Yes, that would help them learn better.
+++  62%
No, teens should learn to get up early.
+++  38%
Total Votes: 3088
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Want to learn more?

Read: Sleep: The Secret Weapon for School Success
November 2007

Should public schools require students to wear uniforms?
Yes, it helps kids focus on learning
+++  77%
No, kids need freedom of expression
+++  23%
Total Votes: 5568
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Want to learn more?

Read: Do Uniforms Make Schools Better?
October 2007

Does your school's culture prevent bullying?
Yes, the school refuses to tolerate bullies.
+++  50%
No, bullying is a big problem.
+++  42%
Bullying isn't discussed because it's not a problem.
+++  8%
Total Votes: 995
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Want to learn more?

Read: The Bully and the Bystander
September 2007

Should there be U.S. standards for what kids learn?
Yes, standards should be the same for all students.
+++  79%
No, states should still decide what is taught.
+++  18%
Don't know
+++  3%
Total Votes: 1809
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Want to learn more?

Read: Why Are Standards Important?
August 2007

How much do you spend on back-to-school needs for each child?
Less than $100
+++  19%
$100-$250
+++  44%
$250-$500
+++  28%
More than $500
+++  8%
Total Votes: 2020
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Want school shopping tips?

Read: A Back-to-School List to Get You Started
July 2007

Do you reward your child for good grades?
Yes, with money or a gift
+++  70%
No, good grades are reward enough
+++  28%
My child doesn't get good grades
+++  2%
Total Votes: 3980
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Want to learn how report cards are changing?

Read: Rethinking Report Cards
June 2007

Does your child's school waste a lot of time at the end of the school year?
Yes, kids have too many parties and movies.
+++  55%
No, kids work right up until the end and I'm glad.
+++  21%
I don't care because kids deserve some fun.
+++  24%
Total Votes: 2279
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Want ideas to help your child keep learning?

Read: 10 Tips to Keep Your Child Reading This Summer
May 2007

Should the No Child Left Behind law be renewed?
Yes, it's needed and it's working
+++  11%
Yes, but it needs some changes
+++  38%
No, it's not working at all
+++  51%
Total Votes: 4141
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Want to learn more?

Read: What the No Child Left Behind Law Means for Your Child
April 2007

Should principals limit the amount of homework?
No, teachers should decide the right amount
+++  34%
Yes, homework has gotten out of hand
+++  59%
No, there's not enough homework
+++  8%
Total Votes: 2712
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Want to learn more?

Read: How Much Homework is Too Much Homework?
March 2007

Should schools ban social networking Web sites?
Yes, they are a dangerous distraction.
+++  57%
No, schools should teach kids to use them safely.
+++  43%
Total Votes: 1174
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Want to learn more?

Read: Can MySpace Be Good for Kids?
February 2007

Are standardized tests helping or hurting kids?
Helping
+++  23%
Hurting
+++  77%
Total Votes: 2407
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Want to learn more?

Read: What's So Bad About Teaching to the Test?
January 2007

Should schools ban cupcakes at class parties?
Yes, kids eat too much sugar
+++  11%
No, schools should limit sweets, not ban them
+++  62%
No, parents should set food rules, not schools
+++  27%
Total Votes: 6275
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Want to learn more?

Read: How Parents Can Help Kids and Schools Get Healthy
December 2006

Has recess been cut back at your school?
Yes, there's less time for recess.
+++  57%
Yes, recess is gone.
+++  15%
No, children have the same time for recess.
+++  28%
Total Votes: 647
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Want to learn more?

Read: Beyond the Food Fights: Helping Schools Get Healthy
November 2006

Should public school districts have single-sex schools?
Yes, single-sex schools would be a good alternative.
+++  61%
No, these schools should be private.
+++  24%
No, these schools are bad for all kids.
+++  16%
Total Votes: 2106
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Want to read more about choosing a school?

Read our School Choice Tips
October 2006

What's the best way to make schools safer?
Metal detectors
+++  13%
Gun control
+++  5%
Less violence in entertainment
+++  13%
Less media coverage of school violence
+++  6%
More parent supervision
+++  63%
Total Votes: 1699
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Want to read more?

Read: Stopping School Violence: The Latest Trends
September 2006

How do you feel about your child's homework load?
There's not enough homework
+++  18%
There's too much
+++  52%
It's about right
+++  30%
Total Votes: 5151
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Want to read more?

Read: How Much Homework is Too Much?
August 2006

What's the biggest challenge your school faces this year?
Improving teacher quality
+++  19%
Improving the principal's leadership
+++  12%
Making sure all students achieve
+++  57%
Making the school safer
+++  12%
Total Votes: 2718
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Learn more about how you can help your school meet its challenges.

Read: What Makes a Great Parent
July 2006

What best describes your child's feelings about going back to school?
Would rather stay on vacation
+++  35%
Scared
+++  16%
Looking forward to it
+++  48%
Total Votes: 964
Want to read more about helping your child get ready to go back to school?

Read: Start Your School Routine Now
 

Should parents limit kids' TV and computer time in the summer?
No, kids should be allowed to decide for themselves.
+++  9%
Yes, but they should be less strict in the summer.
+++  43%
Yes, parents should limit it just as they do during the school year.
+++  49%
Total Votes: 1565
Want to learn more?

Read: Managing Your Child's Media Diet
June 2006

Should schools require students to read over the summer?
Yes, I think kids need a required reading list.
+++  31%
Yes, but kids should get some choice about what to read.
+++  48%
No, kids need a break from assignments.
+++  21%
Total Votes: 2590
Looking for ideas to make reading fun for your child?

Read: It's Not Just for Oprah Anymore: Starting a Book Club for Kids
May 2006

Should parents have to give permission for kids to take sex education?
Yes, they should.
+++  55%
No, all students should take sex ed.
+++  38%
Schools shouldn't teach sex ed, at all.
+++  8%
Total Votes: 3714
Want to learn more about the issue?

Read: The Birds and the Bees: The Status of Sex Ed
April 2006

Does your school have an anti-bullying program?
Yes, but kids are bullied anyway
+++  23%
Yes, and it works
+++  8%
No
+++  54%
I don't know
+++  15%
Total Votes: 3405
Want to learn more about the issue?

Read: What You Can Do to Stamp Out Bullying and
Parents: Get Up to Speed on the FAQs About Cyber Bullying
March 2006

Who should decide how evolution is taught in your child's school?
A committee of local citizens
++++++++ 17%
Science educators
++++++++ 18%
My school board
++++++++ 10%
My state
++++++++ 55%
Total Votes: 3527
Want to learn more about the debate?

Read: What's All the Fuss About? Evolution, Intelligent Design and Science Education
February 2006

How much do you help your child with homework?
Never, she does it by herself
++++++++ 53%
Sometimes, if she asks for help
++++++++ 17%
Often, because she needs a lot of help
++++++++ 6%
Always, I check all her work every night
++++++++ 24%
Total Votes: 3960
Want to read more about helping your child with homework?

Read: Whose Science Project Is It, Anyway?
January 2006

Should teachers get raises when student test scores improve?
Yes, it would reward them for results
+++  30%
No, there's more to teacher quality than test scores
+++  70%
Total Votes: 3270
Want to know how to keep your child motivated and avert family battles?

Read: Coping with Homework Horrors
December 2005

When your school needs money, how do you prefer to give?
Write a check
+++  23%
Donate time to a fund-raising event
+++  18%
Both, schools need all the help they can get
+++  36%
Neither, schools ask for money too often
+++  23%
Total Votes: 776
Want to know more about how to help your child's school?

Read: 10 Easy Ways to Help Your Child's School
November 2005

How many years should a teacher work before getting tenure?
2 years
+++  18%
5 years
+++  26%
10 years
+++  19%
Teachers should not get tenure
+++  37%
Total Votes: 4382
Want to know more about teacher quality?

Read: What Makes a Great Teacher
October 2005

Should schools require students to do community service?
No, forcing them won't teach volunteerism.
+++  22%
Yes, it builds the habit of helping.
+++  55%
No, schools should stick to academics.
+++  24%
Total Votes: 3251
What to read more about this issue?

Read: Learning to be a Giraffe: The Value of Character Education
September 2005

How old should a child be to have a cell phone?
At least 5 years old
+++  3%
At least 8 years old
+++  11%
A teenager
+++  66%
Kids shouldn't have cell phones
+++  20%
Total Votes: 6854
Trying to figure out if you should buy your child a cell phone?

Read: Is Your Child Old Enough for A Cell Phone?
Should schools have rules about what kids wear?
Yes, schools should have dress codes.
+++  46%
Yes, schools should require uniforms.
+++  31%
No, that's a job for parents.
+++  23%
Total Votes: 10066
Want to learn more about this issue?

Read: What to Wear to School: The Great Debate Over Dress Codes and School Uniforms
August 2005

What do you think about the length of summer vacation?
It's just right.
+++  58%
It's too long. I'd like more short breaks.
+++  27%
It's too long, period. Kids need class time.
+++  16%
Total Votes: 3943
Want to ease the transition from summer to school?

Read: Set the Stage: Don't Wait To Start Your School Routine
July 2005

Should summer school be required for students who fail state tests?
Yes, they need to get to grade level
+++  75%
No, it should be their choice
+++  14%
No, the school year is long enough
+++  11%
Total Votes: 5530
Want to know more about how to keep your child on track?

Read: Five Key Skills to Academic Success

 

June 2005

Grade your child's teacher
A, top notch
+++  36%
B, above average
+++  19%
C, average
+++  14%
D, needs to improve
+++  11%
F, failed
+++  20%
Total Votes: 1838
Want more information on teacher quality?

Read: What Makes a Great Teacher?

 

Should taxes be raised to boost school funding?
No, schools should spend more wisely
+++  35%
No, cut other programs
+++  12%
Yes, schools need more money
+++  53%
Total Votes: 2595
Want more information on school funding?

Read: Follow the Money: The Ins and Outs of School Finance

 

May 2005

Should teachers in low-performing schools get 'combat pay?'
Yes, they deserve it
+++  62%
No, it won't motivate them
+++  16%
No, it isn't fair to others
+++  22%
Total Votes: 3751
Want more information on teacher quality?

Read: What Makes a Great Teacher?

 

Are your kids over programmed?
Yes, they need activities they don't get in school
+++  46%
Yes, they have to keep up with the other kids
+++  13%
No, we've managed the right balance
+++  41%
Total Votes: 725
Want more information on helping your child stay on the right track?

Read: Five Key Skills for Academic Success

April 2005

Should "No Child Left Behind" expand To include high schools?
Yes, high schools need more accountability
+++  54%
No, high school kids take too many tests already
+++  31%
No, concentrate on elementary schools
+++  15%
Total Votes: 2659
Want more information on No Child Left Behind?

Read: What No Child Left Behind Means for Your Child

March 2005

Should you reward
your child for
a good report card?
Yes, give money or a gift
+++  47%
Yes, just give verbal praise
+++  48%
No, don't overemphasize grades
+++  4%
Total Votes: 5703
Want more information on report cards?

Read: Understanding Report Cards

February 2005

Should schools ban student cell phone use?
No, cell phone use should be allowed
+++  30%
Yes, but allow emergency calls
+++  42%
Yes, cell phones should be banned
+++  28%
Total Votes: 4145
Want more information on school safety?

Read: How Safe Is Your School

Should schools ban selling soft drinks?
Yes, kids should not buy soft drinks at school.
+++  17%
No, kids should be able to buy what they want.
+++  5%
No, selling soft drinks helps schools earn money.
+++  79%
Total Votes: 13761
Want more information about school nutrition?

Read: An Apple a Day Can't Keep the Junk Food Away From the School Cafeteria

January 2005

Should your state provide universal preschool?
Yes, give all kids an equal start
+++  22%
No, it's not necessary
+++  66%
No, it would cost too much
+++  12%
Total Votes: 8014
Want more information on choosing a school?

Read: Imagining Your Ideal School

Should teachers be paid based on merit?
Yes, paid based on performance
+++  48%
No, paid based on years of service
+++  11%
No, paid based on some combination
+++  41%
Total Votes: 2835
Want more information on the qualities of a great teacher?

Read: What Makes a Great Teacher?

Is your school safe?
Yes, I'm confident my child is safe
+++  47%
Yes, but sometimes there are incidents
+++  28%
No, I worry for my child's safety
+++  25%
Total Votes: 1087
Want more information about school safety?

Read: How Safe Is Your School?

December 2004

Does your child
read for pleasure?
Yes, all of the time
+++  61%
No, too busy with homework /activities
+++  13%
No, doesn't like to read for pleasure
+++  26%
Total Votes: 1091
Want more information on helping your child with reading?

Read: Reading With Your Child: 9 Ways To Get Results

Does your child need your help with homework?
Yes, all the time
+++  34%
Yes, but only some of the time
+++  48%
No, he/she never needs my help
+++  18%
Total Votes: 944
Want more information on helping your child with homework?

Read: Coping With Homework Horrors

November 2004

How would you rate
your child's school bathrooms?
Very clean +++ 20%
Adequate +++ 25%
Disgusting +++ 55%
Total Votes: 928
Want more information about school safety?

Read: How Safe is Your School?

Is bullying a problem at your child's school?
Yes, my child has been bullied
+++  51%
Yes, other children have been bullied
+++  23%
No, the school provides intervention
+++  10%
No, the school simply doesn't allow it
+++  16%
Total Votes: 1063
Want more information about bullying and what you can do about it at your school?

Read: What You Can Do To Stamp Out Bullying

October 2004

Pick one thing you would improve at your child's school
Leadership of school
administrators

+++  18%
Safety
+++  12%
School food
+++  27%
Teacher quality / experience
+++  29%
Nothing, I love my child's school!
+++  14%
Total Votes: 688
Want help figuring out what's most important to you in a school?

Read: Imagining Your Ideal School: An Exercise for Setting Priorities

Have you heard about 529 plans for
college savings?
No. Never heard of them.
+++  54%
Yes. But what are they?
+++  18%
Yes. Don't meet my needs.
+++  6%
Yes. I already have one.
+++  21%
Total Votes: 478
Want more information about 529 plans?

Read: What is a 529 plan?
from Savingforcollege.com

September 2004

Will you attend
Back-to-School Night?
Yes, it's very important +++ 75%
No, it conflicts with my schedule +++ 8%
No, it's not useful +++ 17%
Total Votes: 399
Want more information about being a supportive parent at your child's school?

Read: What Makes a Great Parent?

How's the food at
your child's school?
Very nutritional +++ 15%
Fairly nutritional +++ 12%
More or less OK +++ 22%
Mostly junk food +++ 21%
All junk food +++ 29%
Total Votes: 1397
Want more information about school nutrition and what you can do about it?

Read: An Apple a Day Can't Keep the Junk Food Away From the School Cafeteria