Poll: Majority of Americans Do Not Want Modern Race Relations Taught in Schools, Favor Greater Parental Control of Curriculum

On Monday, a survey conducted by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University revealed that a majority of respondents do not want such concepts as “racism,” or the alleged ongoing impact of slavery, to be taught in schools.

As reported by the Daily Caller, the survey, conducted in partnership with APM Research Lab, polled 1,200 Americans over the age of 18. The poll found that 51 percent of respondents either think schools should not teach about slavery and racism in general (10 percent), or that schools should only teach about historical events such as the existence of slavery, but should not attempt to teach about the state of race relations today (41 percent). The remaining 49 percent believe that schools “have a responsibility to ensure that all students learn about the ongoing effects of slavery and racism in the United States.”

When broken down by political affiliation, 66 percent of Republicans said that schools should only teach about historical racism, not modern race relations, with 45 percent of independents, a plurality, agreeing. Along more specific demographic lines, this stance is shared by a plurality of White Americans (48 percent) and a plurality of self-described born-again Christians (48 percent). Meanwhile, 77 percent of Democratic respondents believe that the schools should continue teaching about contemporary race relations.

Black Americans are by far the most likely to support the ongoing teaching of Critical Race Theory and other far-left race-based concepts in public schools, with 79 percent saying that schools should teach about the “ongoing effects of slavery and racism.” Only 18 percent say that schools should teach about historical racism but not current race relations, and just 3 percent say the schools should not teach about racism at all, historical or otherwise.

When asked about who should have the most say in shaping the curriculum around three controversial topics – slavery and race, evolution, and sexual education – all three questions saw pluralities answer in favor of “parents of school children,” with 41 percent on slavery and race, 38 percent on evolution, and 51 percent on sexual education.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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