We Are So Bad At Predicting The Future!

I was looking at various polls I’ve put on here over the past couple of years and I was astonished at some of the results of them!  In some cases we were completely wrong!  These were basically straw polls I conducted over the past year or two. 

  • In a poll about who Governor Carney would pick as his Secretary of Education, only 17% picked Susan Bunting in November of 2016 and 23% picked her in August of 2016
  • In a poll about what the budget deficit would be by June 30th 2018, only 7% projected we would have a surplus
  • In a poll about what would happen with the State Board of Education when they were in the Sunset Committee last year, only 16% picked they would go on probation for a year

But in some areas, the majority ruled:

59% said charter school teachers should unionize (and this happened last month with the Charter School of Wilmington)

94% said Social Impact Bonds (Pay For Success) should not be used for companies to profit off student outcomes

62% said teachers should NOT arm themselves

79% said State Senators and State Representatives should have term limits

73% felt the Caesar Rodney school district should NOT have pulled their mascot when a picture of it was defaced with the “n” word because this made the perpetrator win

64% thought too much attention is paid to Wilmington and not the rest of the state

55% said social-emotional learning could not be measured

82% did not miss Jack Markell as Governor

51% said yes to school after Labor Day and 39% said only local boards should make those decisions

82% said a 50-50 split between humans and technology was okay in the classroom

71% didn’t think “The Delaware Way” works

79% thought Delaware should get rid of the Smarter Balanced Assessment

34% gave Delaware an “F” on transparency and 33% gave it a “D”

67% did not know what Blockchain Technology is and 28% said “a little bit”

56% felt Delaware should consolidate school districts

49% thought I have NO relationship with Governor Carney and 20% said it would be casual

9% thought Kathy McGuiness should have won the primary for Lieutenant Governor but 8% thought she would win

72% did not support the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission redistricting plan

And without further ado, the no-holds barred fight poll:

94% said Santa Claus would win in a fight against Jack Markell




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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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