Poll shows parents disagree with Republicans’ campaign to censor classrooms
Contrary to Republicans’ campaign to censor books and teachers, a majority of parents, across party lines, approve of their children’s schools and support what is currently being taught, according to a new poll.
The NPR and Ipsos poll found that 76 percent of the parents surveyed said they were well-informed about what their children were being taught in classrooms, including subjects surrounding race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
- This report comes as Republicans across the nation amplify their efforts to ban books and lessons surrounding history, race or LGBTQ+ experiences.
- In a national poll, Americans have made it clear that they reject the idea of banning books about history or race, and believe that teaching about the history of race in America makes students understand what others went through.
- Eighty-five percent of Americans don’t support banning books from schools if they contain political ideas they disagree with, and 87 percent of Americans don’t support banning books discussing race or slavery.
For all of the time and energy spent drumming up outrage, Republicans could have focused on what students, educators, and parents care about – increasing teacher pay, adequately investing in public schools, and ensuring students can receive a sound, basic education.
During this teacher appreciation week, Republicans should listen to their constituents, invest in education and rightfully honor the service and immeasurable contributions of our educators who they have demonized over the past years.