Story at a glance:

  • People are concerned about what children are being taught in schools.
  • Republicans (81 percent), parents (80 percent) and independents (74 percent) are more likely to say they are extremely or very concerned about public school lessons.
  • Respondents were more concerned with school administrators pushing a “political plan” than violent threats against public school officials or parents pushing a political agenda.

 

Many people are concerned about what children are being taught in schools.

In a new Fox News poll released Thursday, 73 percent of registered voters say they are “extremely” or “very” concerned about what children are learning in the classroom. 


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Critical race theory (CRT) has been a recent hot-button issue in school curriculum. 

As Changing America previously reported, CRT is a way of studying the legacy of racism and slavery in the U.S. and how these forces continue to shape public policy. The educational concept is based on the premise that race is a social construct and that the U.S. was built on racist structures that are present today. 

A Reuters and Ipsos poll this summer indicated the majority of Americans — across party lines — support teaching high school students about the implications of slavery and racism in the U.S.

However, Republicans (81 percent), parents (80 percent) and independents (74 percent) are far more likely to say they are extremely or very concerned about public school lessons.

Sixty-one percent of Democrats are concerned about what schools are teaching, and 51 percent of Democrats are concerned about “parents pushing a political plan,” according to Fox News. 

Almost two-thirds of respondents, or 63 percent, say “schools pushing” political agendas is a bigger problem than violent threats against public school officials (57 percent) or parents aggressively pushing political plans (54 percent).


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Published on Oct 22, 2021