Everyone took notice last week when a “23 point drop” in teacher job satisfaction hit the new courtesy of the annual Metlife Survey of the American Teacher. It seemed too good too check. And it turns out it was.
Metlife actually uses two different questions to get to that result – there is no five year trend line, contrary to their claims and marketing material. It’s an approach that leading pollsters say doesn’t hold water. This morning at Real Clear Politics I look at the sleight of hand , what the data actually show (pretty good news all things considered), and the bigger issues the whole episode points up for the education field and its affection for grievance politics.