The war of education culture is going on. But for most parents, it’s background noise

This is also true of NPR / Ipsos polls. In the wake of inflation and crime / gun violence, parents have named education their top concern.

However, 88% of respondents agreed that “my child’s teacher (s) tried their best considering the situation surrounding the epidemic.” And 82% agree “My child’s school has managed the epidemic well.”

Parents are well aware of the curriculum, even when there is debate

That satisfaction extends to hot-button topics. In the poll, 76% of respondents agreed that “my child’s school does a good job of keeping me informed of the curriculum, including potentially controversial topics.”

“It’s a really beautiful vocal minority that hyper-focuses on parental rights and decision-making around the curriculum,” observes Mallory Newell of Ipsos, who conducted the survey.

Only 18% of parents say their child’s schooling teaches gender and sexuality in a way that conflicts with their family values; Only 19% say the same thing about race and racism; And only 14% of Americans feel that way about history.

Christine, a Wisconsin mother who participated in the poll, is a member of that vocal minority. She said she did not use her last name because she said she was afraid of retaliation against her child.

Christine, who is white, said her son’s teacher had made “clever remarks about white privileges.” She also does not approve of her son, who is in high school, being asked what pronouns he would like to use. It would be difficult for their family to move to a different school or district, so Christine said, “Hopefully we can provide enough counter-education at home so that it is not harmful. [his] Growth and development. “

There is a significant lack of factionalism in the response to the vote

As a Polstar, Ipsos’ Newell says the big bias division is “I can see everything in the moment.” He has been hit by their relative lack of votes.

Christine is the type of dissatisfied parent who is often reflected in the title: A Cultural Conservative. Yet in our poll, a minority of parents who were dissatisfied with how their school dealt with racism and U.S. history were more likely to identify Democrats as Republicans. In other words: for every parent who thinks their child’s school is too “awake”, there may be someone who thinks it’s not awake enough.

Jim Ondelasi is a Native American and a Democrat living in North Richland Hills, Texas, outside of Fort Worth. She wants her son’s high school to go deeper and teach more about the nation’s history of racism and oppression.

“It’s more of a water-down effect … [the teachers] The way their kids are taught history is like whitewashing, ”he said.

He wants the school to teach slavery during the French and Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and the Revolutionary War.

“They understand what’s going on with Black Lives Matter … but they don’t really understand where it came from and how it started,” he said.

The most biased issue in our poll was gender and sexuality, but still only a minority expressed any concern. Republicans are closely divided: 26% say schools do not teach gender and sexuality in a way that matches their family values, while 22% say schools (the rest do not know or say schools are not addressing these issues).

Among Democrats, a third agree with their school’s approach to gender and sexuality, with only 11% disagreeing.

Terin Chattel, Belmont, Mitch., Is the mother of a kindergartener, and has a family friend who is transgender. He hopes the school will introduce the concept of gender diversity, so it’s not up to him as a parent. “I really hope the district can step back from a way of implementing it,” he said

The silent majority of parents are concerned

Republican governors such as Ron Desantis in Florida and Glenn Yankin in Virginia have helped make parental rights a major political issue, and Republican-affiliated groups such as Left Turn for Education and Parental Education have consistently spotted these issues.

Ralph Wilson, a researcher who studies how group donors support cultural warfare, suggests that these groups represent the silent majority of conservative-leaning parents. But that’s not necessarily the case, he said.

“It certainly seems to be an incredibly small minority with a larger, well-funded infrastructure to show a larger and better-established concern than they do.”

In fact, in our poll, about one-third of parents say they “don’t know” how their child’s school addresses sexuality, gender identity, racism, or patriotism. This is much more than the percentage of people who report a problem – in some cases, twice as much.

Carmen Shipley, Grand Junction, Colo. He says he “chose his war” when it comes to his daughter’s high school

“I know there has been some controversy … but I honestly don’t pay as much attention to it as the others here.”

She and her neighbors tend to be conservative, and so do the local school boards, so she feels that everyone is on the same page. “I have no problem with any of his teachers … I feel quite comfortable with all of this.”

Also, he said his highest priority is not culture war; This ensures that her daughter is engaged in her studies and is ready for college.