Remedial Class Struggle

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Mon Jun 1 08:14:05 PDT 1998

By coincidence, I just happened to be thumbing through the Spring 1998 issue of Public Opinion Quarterly, a sub to which is one of the perks of joining the American Association for Public Opinion Research, last night. In it is a review of polls on education in the U.S. over the last several decades by Jennifer Hochschild and Bridget Scott (respectively a professor of politics at Princeton and a senior [!] at Princeton). If the polls are to be believed, and god knows how flawed they are, there has long been strong and growing support for *more* spending on education. Even with the most challenging wording - i.e., would you pay higher taxes if the money went to education - the support is strong. Polls in the 1980s showed overwhelming support (in the 70-80% range) for cutting the military budget to fund more education spending. So, if the U.S. ruling class wanted to spend the money on schools, it wouldn't even have to maniuplate public opinion into supporting it. But they don't, so they haven't.


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