I wonder if teachers or parents of kids in public schools have an impression that there are certain policies that they can put their finger on, which are damaging the education that the school delivers.
Example: The district in which I teach advances kids through middle school irrespective of their readiness for the next grade. This is not uncommon, yet I wonder if the public (parents) are starkly aware of this hard-and-fast policy, and its damage to learning.
Others: -calculators are given out in the early grades as a matter of course
-there’s no policy in high school about food in the classroom; teachers do their own thing, which typically means that any food/drink is allowed
-homework is no part of the lesson plan for many teachers
-headphones are often permitted in the classroom, although the school recently officially banned them
My underlying questions: to what extent would problematic conditions persist if the public were very aware? are parents by-and-large unaware of such day-to-day fundamentals? how the heck can they be made aware?