Public Opinion

Executives Say the 21st Century Requires More Skilled Workers
According to the 2010 Critical Skills Survey by the American Management Association, 80% of executives believe the U.S. economy needs a workforce equipped with skills beyond just the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic (the three Rs) in order to grow. In addition to the three Rs, organizations will increasingly value a workforce that has proficiency in the skills of critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation (the four Cs).

Media Analysis

"Media Paints Arts Education in a Fading Light" is a report on how the national media portrays the status of arts education in America's schools.

Voters Value the Imagination
Results of a national poll announced on January 24, 2008 demonstrate significant public support for innovation and creativity in America.  According to a new national survey of 1,000 likely voters, “30% of American voters are not only dissatisfied with public education’s narrow focus on the ‘so-called’ basics but that they also believe developing the imagination is a critical, but missing, ingredient to student success in 21st century schools and moving students beyond average.”

  • 69% of American voters believe that, when compared to other nations, America devotes less attention to developing the imagination and innovation
  • 86% of voters believe that encouraging children to be creative and develop their imagination is necessary to maintain our competitive edge and ensure we do not fall behind other countries
  • 83% of voters believe that a greater focus on the arts – alongside science, technology, and math – would better prepare students to address the demands of the 21st century

The pollsters say that this voting cohort – which is being called the “Imagine Nation” is of a scale rivaling “soccer moms.”   View the full report  for more details.