Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Teachers: A Demographic Profile

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Teachers: A Demographic Profile

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Public school teachers differ from the general public on a variety of demographic as well as attitudinal measures--education, gender, age, and income among them. At the same time, they look similar on political measures when compared with their closest cohort, employed college graduates.

There's a wide gender gap. Seventy-six percent of public school teachers are women while 24% are men. That compares with a 52%-48% split in the general adult population.

Education marks the sharpest difference. Ninety-two percent of teachers have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 33% of the general public. Indeed, 58% of teachers have a master's degree or higher vs. just 15% of all adults.

Teachers have higher annual household incomes than the public at large but lower incomes than a more comparable group, employed adults with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Teachers look like other employed college graduates ideologically and politically. Forty percent of teachers say they're liberals, 31% moderates, and 28% conservatives; it's a similar 39%-31%-31/c. among working college graduates. (Adults without a college degree are less apt to be liberals.)

Politically, 39% of teachers identify themselves as Democrats, 25% as Republicans, and 24% as independents (and an additional 10% have no preference). …

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