Get smart fast, vol. 16

A new teacher survey published by EdChoice finds growing pessimism with the state of the profession. Less than one in five teachers are likely to promote the profession to others.

Why it matters: At a time when other professions are seeing wages rise and on-the-job flexibility increase, teaching seems stuck in the twentieth century. Add that to the post-pandemic malaise, and public education has a serious employee morale problem with no easy fixes.

Key Findings

The majority of U.S. states do not yet make public schools open to all students, free of charge.

The myth of learning styles can skew adults’ perceptions of students. A new study finds adults are more likely to view supposedly “visual” learners as more intelligent than purported “kinesthetic” learners (There is no credible evidence that these learning styles actually exist.)

The pandemic’s disruptions to student learning fell more heavily on schools that were already fighting to turn around low performance.

Many and women appear to show little difference in their interest levels in STEM subjects.

Giving high school students access to career courses that lead to college credit can increase their chances of enrolling in a 2-year college, especially for young men.

There appears to be little difference in academic effectiveness between public and private schools.

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BY Travis Pillow

Travis Pillow is Director of Thought Leadership at Step Up For Students and editor of NextSteps. He lives in Sanford, Fla. with his wife and two children. A former Tallahassee statehouse reporter, he most recently worked at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research organization at Arizona State University, where he studied community-led learning innovation and school systems' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. He can be reached at tpillow (at)