According to a new
Harris Poll, fewer adults believe teachers respect parents or students and that
fewer believe parents and students respect teachers.
Harris asked 2,250 adults
last fall to compare their memory of "school dynamics" when they were
students with today. The percentage of respondents who agreed with the
statement "students respect teachers" dropped from 79 percent to 31 percent.
The findings on student
respect for teachers are nearly identical for adults who are parents of
school-age children and those who aren't.
Among the biggest drop
was with respondents' impressions of the percentage of parents who respect
teachers, which has plummeted from 91 percent to 49 percent.
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