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UCLA IDEA NATIONAL SURVEY:

School and Society in the Age of Trump American High Schools Challenged by Political Incivility, Racial Tensions

BY JOHN MCDONALD

The report is based on an online survey conducted in the summer of 2018 by UCLA’s Institute for Democracy Education and Access (IDEA) of 505 high school principals whose schools provide a representative sample of all U.S. public high schools. UCLA IDEA also conducted 40 follow-up interviews with principals who participated in the survey selected to be representative of the larger pool of schools. The research was led by John ­Rogers, professor of education and director, IDEA. He specializes in issues related to equal access to education, parental and community involvement in schools, urban education and the role of race in education. UCLA’s IDEA is a research institute seeking to understand and challenge pervasive racial and social class inequalities in education. In addition to conducting independent research and policy analysis, IDEA supports educators, public officials, advocates, community activists, and young people as they design, conduct, and use research to make high-quality public schools and successful college participation routine occurrences in all communities. IDEA also studies how research combines with strategic communications and public engagement to promote widespread participation in civic life.

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he survey finds America’s high schools greatly impacted by political incivility and riven by untrustworthy information and the omnipresent use of social media. In this highly-charged environment, schools are struggling to address many of the same critical issues confronting the nation, including opioid abuse, immigration and gun violence. These issues are impacting students and schools and taking needed time away from the efforts of school principals to strengthen teaching and learning. For the survey, the researchers asked school principals about five key challenges confronting their schools. These include:

1 Political division and hostility 2 Disputes over truth, facts, and the reliability of sources 3 Opioid addiction 4 The threat of immigration enforcement 5 The threats of gun violence on school campuses

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