According to a new Fox News poll, more and more parents are concerned about what is being taught in the classroom.
At least two important factors — critical racial theory and COVID rules — have caused an increase in parental activism going on in schools on a daily basis.
Parents do not like what they find.
According to the survey, 73 percent of voters are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about what they teach their children in public schools.
According to the new Fox News poll, 73% of registered voters are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about what public schools teach children. Only issues regarding inflation / higher prices 87%, political division in the country and health care each 76% https://t.co/yjoqX5nXPW
– MPacker (@NewsTalkPD) 21 October 2021
The school curriculum is near the top of concern for many Americans
The issue has become so common that it is close to very important issues for many Americans.
Only a few issues are more important: 87 percent of respondents are more concerned about inflation and 76 percent are concerned about both health care and national divisions.
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The concern about the school curriculum does not differ surprisingly on the basis of political identity.
The groups most focused on what is taught in the classroom are Republicans, with a high percentage of 81 percent. Parents generally followed, with 80 percent.
Inflation is higher for Republicans, at 89 percent, followed by the border crisis at 82 percent.
Parents set inflation as their biggest concern at 88 percent and then health care at 81 percent.
Democrats are concerned about what schools teach, and are eighth out of twelve other focal points. Readers can probably guess why.
Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducted the survey, told Fox News that “the debate over the nature of the curriculum in public schools has become a problem for Republicans.”
“There is a strong sentiment that administrators are setting a liberal agenda against the wishes of parents,” Shaw added.
Fox News reported: ‘When asked about certain actions in schools, more voters say it is a’ big problem ‘that school administrators are pushing for political agendas (63%) and that there are threats against school officials (57%) than there are indicates that parents aggressively push political agendas at school boards (54%) and do not say enough about their children’s studies (47%). ”
My column for tomorrow’s paper: Critical Race Theory is a Powerful Issue in the Governor of Virginia’s Race. https://t.co/SZRn6Yza6V
– James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) 13 October 2021
Political agendas at school
“About half say too much focus on race (49%) is a major problem at schools, while slightly less say the same about accommodating too much transgender policy (44%),” Fox News noted.
Democrat Chris Anderson polled Shaw and told Fox News, “While national politics are popping up in school board meetings, Democrats and Republicans agree that school boards and parents are a big problem,” he said.
Anderson added: “But this is where the agreement ends, with Republicans twice as likely as Democrats to think that there is too much focus on race in schools and that parents do not have enough say.”
The Fox News poll was conducted on October 16-19, 2021, with 1,003 registered voters nationwide.
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