Adults blame parents for education problems

SEATTLE (AP) - When it comes to deficiencies in American schools, who's to blame?

Some blame teachers for low test scores, poor graduation rates and other ills. But a new survey is pointing a finger closer to home.

An Associated Press-Stanford University Poll on education found that 68 percent of adults believe it's parents who deserve heavy blame for what's wrong with the U.S. education system. More than teachers, school administrators, the government or teachers unions.

Only 35 percent of those surveyed agreed that teachers deserve a great deal or a lot of the blame. Moms were more likely than dads to say parents are at fault. Conservatives were more likely than moderates or liberals to blame parents.

The AP-Stanford Poll on Education involved telephone interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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