High School Students Want Courses That Challenge

On Saturday, the National Governors Association released the results of a poll of 10,000 teenagers (16-18 years old), including both students in high school and those who had dropped out. Significant numbers of students reported that high school was not challenging enough and that they were willing to take on more work. —Scott JaschikHigh School Students Want Courses That Challenge (Inside Higher Ed)

This is good news. Of course, what people say in response to a poll question, and what they actually do in real life aren’t always closely related. Still, it’s good to see evidence that the kids are alright. (Will this poll be used as a cudgel in a political battle against teachers’ unions? Should it be?)