The overwhelming majority of corporate leaders, as well as the American public in general, agree that improving public education would make a major difference in the United States’ ability to compete in the world marketplace, according to results of a poll released here by the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy.
The forum commissioned Louis Harris and Associates to determine what average Americans and business executives think about the issues addressed by the Carnegie Task Force on Teaching as a Profession.
The forum released the poll’s results Aug. 26 during the annual meeting of the National Governors’ Association, whose own education-reform report reflects many of the recommendations made by the Carnegie task force. (See related story, page 1.)
Between June 30 and July 25, the Harris firm polled 1,513 adults among the American public and 202 executives from Business Week’s list of the nation’s top 1,000 corporations.
The survey found:
- Nine out of 10 Americans and an even higher proportion of corporate leaders agreed that the economic challenge from foreign competition is serious. More than 90 percent of both groups said that a well-educated work force will be needed to make the United States more competitive in the world marketplace.
A version of this article appeared in the September 10, 1986 edition of Education Week as Public Polled on Carnegie Study