New polling data says “yes.”

From Opportunity Lives:

Poll Finds That Majority of Parents Want More School Options For Their Children

When asked about his opinions on standardized tests in the 2003 film School of Rock, Jack Black quotes Whitney Houston’s award winning 1985 single, “Greatest Love Of All”: “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”

While Mr. Black is not likely to find himself on a panel discussing education reform in America, the words ring true. With Common Core becoming a hot national topic of discussion, and with so many choices for children’s schooling these days, what measures are being taken to ensure our children’s successful future?

Paul DiPerna of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has taken it upon himself to find out what Americans want from their school systems. As the Foundation’s Research Director, DiPerna conducted a survey study of 1,000 adult Americans on their opinions of the current state of K-12 education. He presented his findings at the American Enterprise Institute in conjunction with a panel discussion on the future of education policy in America.

His findings show that 60% of those polled found that education has gotten off on the “wrong track,” while a staggering 77% gave a negative rating to the federal government’s handling of matters in K-12 education. That is almost 8 out of 10 people disapproving of government’s handling of our education system.