Opinion: ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’

Sarah Darer Littman
Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU, and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

I had a very different column planned. In the last week, two polls were released on education, one by Benenson Strategy Group for the charter advocacy group ConnCAN, and another by Hartstad Strategic Research on behalf of a new 527 advocacy group, Democrats for Public Education. I’d planned to compare them because they told such different stories.

ConnCAN’s headline was that “Connecticut voters believe there are urgent problems in the public schools,” and further, claimed “Voters see the status quo as a problem and are looking for the pace of reform to quicken,” and “Connecticut voters are broadly supportive of the elements of reform.”

Meanwhile, the Democrats for Public Education declared: “Those Slamming Public Ed Out-of-Step With Parents & Voters,” and “overall 82 percent of those voters able to rate their local teachers believe them to be excellent, very good, or good.”

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.



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