As today’s Washington Post shows, gay marriage is an issue with a stark delineation by age – the younger you are the more likely you are to support making gay marriage legal. Among those 18-29, 73 percent favor making gay marriage legal, among those over 65 only 23 percent do – and support clearly tracks age. Other polling data shows the same effect, an unusually strong one on social or political issues.
So here’s a question: How much of what’s being debated in education now is a function of generational change and changing views? Or how much is simply because there is more data available and parents are becoming choosier consumers, which has less to do with age and more to do with the times we live in. Or is it more deeply ideological than that? I have a strong hunch, based on both some data and a lot of conversations with parents when I was a state board of education member, but what’s yours?