Weighing in on wokeness: Cut it from classrooms

Thursday, May 13, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

No Woke Zone (sign)A new poll finds Americans overwhelmingly reject "woke" race and gender policies being included in K-12 education.

"We found that people really, really don't like this kind of ideology creeping into their schools," says Nicole Neily, president and founder of Parents Defending Education. "Most respondents said that it is not important or not at all important for schools to teach students that their race is the most important thing about them."

Key findings of the poll include:

  • 25% said it was somewhat or very important for schools to "teach students that their race is the most important thing about them" compared to 70% who said this is not important or not at all important.
  • When asked whether teachers should present students with multiple perspectives on contentious political and social issues, 87% agreed, compared to 6% who believe teachers should present one perspective that the school believes is correct.
  • When asked whether their local K-12 school has increased or decreased its emphasis on issues of race, gender, and activism in the last two years, 52% said it had increased a lot or a little. Only 2% said it had decreased. Similarly, 57% said their local schools had become more political, with only 4% saying less political.
  • 74% said they were somewhat or strongly opposed to teaching students that white people are inherently privileged and black and other people of color are inherently oppressed. Similarly, only 6% of respondents favored schools assigning white students the status of "privileged" and non-white students the status of "oppressed" – versus 88% opposed, including 78% strongly opposed.
  • 69% opposed schools teaching that America was founded on racism and is structurally racist.
  • 75% oppose teaching there is no such thing as biological sex, and that people should choose whatever gender they prefer for themselves. Only 18% supported teaching such concepts.
  • 80% oppose the use of classrooms to promote political activism to students, including 64% who strongly oppose.
Neily

"This is more than just a California and a Manhattan problem, this is in schools across the country," says Neily. "That's why we wanted to first raise awareness, see how many people knew about this, and then see, 'Well, alright, if you do know about it, how do you feel?' – and people hate it."

The poll of more than 800 active voters was in the field from April 9-19.

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