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Poll: Most parents have no problem with how race, gender issues taught in school

By Curt_Anderson
April 29, 2022 10:17 am
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(NPR)Math textbooks axed for their treatment of race; a viral Twitter account directing ire at LGBTQ teachers; a state law forbidding classroom discussion of sexual identity in younger grades; a board book for babies targeted as "pornographic." Lately it seems there's a new controversy erupting every day over how race, gender or history are tackled in public school classrooms.

But for most parents, these concerns seem to be far from top of mind. That's according to a new national poll by NPR and Ipsos. By wide margins – and regardless of their political affiliation – parents express satisfaction with their children's schools and what is being taught in them.




"It really is a pretty vocal minority that is hyper-focused on parental rights and decisions around curriculum," observes Mallory Newall of Ipsos, which conducted the poll.

Just 18% of parents say their child's school taught about gender and sexuality in a way that clashed with their family's values; just 19% say the same about race and racism; and just 14% feel that way about U.S. history.


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  1. by HatetheSwamp on April 29, 2022 10:42 am

    Curt,

    I absolutely do not believe this. I think, by now, I can detect woke propaganda when I smell it. Have you ever been in a dairy barn? It smells like that...bovine flatulence.

    I'll note what I did to isle, not so long ago. We can benchmark this stuff by election results.

    Glenn Youngkin's surprise upset victory over Terry McAuliffe last fall in the Commonwealth of Virginia says tons about parental dissatisfaction with the foisting of CRT on students.

    Four years ago, Ron DeSantis won the gubernatorial election in Florida by the skin of his teeth...4/10 of one percent.

    If the data you're presenting is not propaganda, DeSantis will be creamed this November.

    My guess is that he won't be because I am, as I say, absolutely convinced that this is propaganda.

    BTW, I'll repeat what I've asserted many times. I don't think you lie or, as po would say, prevaricate. But, I think you are astoundingly credulous.


  2. by Curt_Anderson on April 29, 2022 10:55 am
    This was a poll of parents of school aged kids. It wasn't all voters.

    Voters include the usual collection of racists and other bigots who are animated by anything that might call into questions their hateful worldview. The GOP are masters at instigating emotional reactions from the least informed voters on trivial and non-issues.


  3. by HatetheSwamp on April 29, 2022 11:03 am

    Voters include the usual collection of racists and other bigots who are animated by anything that might call into questions their hateful worldview.

    You just have to assert that people who think, and vote, differently than you are inferior to you. Eh?


  4. by Curt_Anderson on April 29, 2022 12:30 pm
    Yes, racists and bigots think and vote differently than I do.


  5. by HatetheSwamp on April 29, 2022 1:31 pm

    More comfortably for you, it seems that everyone who thinks and votes differently than you is racist and bigoted.

    As Carly Simon sang, "You probably think this song's about you."


    View Video


  6. by islander on April 29, 2022 3:56 pm

    Curt,
    I suspect the poll actually could very well be right on target “nation wide”. Naturally, in some areas of the country where this nonsense about schools teaching kindergarten kids to hate themselves (CRT) or ‘grooming them” to be gay or trans or whatever, is a very scary hot button issue ‘for them’, and if you live in one of those areas it’s would probably be hard to imagine that there are people who live elsewhere (in Maine nonnative folks are said to be “from away” ) who can see things very differently and can see such nonsense for what it is.

    I lived in VA for ten years (the Roanoke area), NC for 17 yeas and in FL, so I am well aware of the culture that influences and fortifies that kind of fear and anger that Hate talks about in so many of the folks who live there.

    It was refreshing to move back home to New England where the political climate is very different and it helped to clear the cobwebs out of my head that were beginning to make me forget that folks from “the rest of the country” do necessarily not see things the way they do where I was living.


  7. by HatetheSwamp on April 29, 2022 4:09 pm

    Big Brother IS big in New England.


  8. by islander on April 29, 2022 4:56 pm

    "Big Brother IS big in New England"

    Do you want to know New England?

    Read Robert Frost.


    smithsonianmag.com


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