Why are teachers being fired? – The Washington Post

Moreover, the particular classes of workers being laid off in state and local cutbacks rank as, again, the most trusted in the nation. A December 2010 poll — the most recent survey of attitudes toward various professions that I could find — shows grade school teachers and police officers to be among the most trusted professions in the country. That’s not exactly the same as saying that Americans want to spend more money on teachers and firefighters. But it’s difficult to detect a lack of trust here.Here’s the thing, though: Americans definitely don’t trust banks and the federal government. The same March 2011 poll that found most Americans thought state and local governments had “about the right” amount of power also found majorities saying corporations, banks and the federal government had too much power. And the same December 2010 poll that found teachers and police officers to be among the most trusted professions also found business executives, bankers and politicians to be among the least trusted.

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