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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Teachers should keep their politics to themselves, say parents

"Public school teachers posting political manifestos" is a turnoff for parents, writes Matthew Ladner on Next Steps.


In EdChoice's What Do Parents Want survey, 84 percent said teachers should keep their politics to themselves. "Parents say they want schools to teach the fullness of American history, both positive and negative; to instill the ability to discuss contentious issues rationally; to avoid sexually explicit material; and to avoid teaching LGBTQ content in the classroom," EdChoice reports.


Forty percent wanted schools to emphasize national pride while 18 percent wanted a more critical look at our country, and the rest had no preference. Thirty-eight percent chose stricter discipline, 7 percent more lenient discipline.


Two-thirds of parents want to keep sexually explicit content away from their child, the survey found. Fifty-seven percent of K-8 parents did not want LGBT issues discussed in class. That dropped to 32 percent for parents of high school students.


The survey also showed "Parents preferred technology-centered instruction over limited screen time" and a focus on STEM over the arts and humanities. Most preferred a college-prep curriculum rather than workforce-prep.

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Craig Randall
Craig Randall
Jun 03

I'm so old, I recited the pledge of allegiance daily, sang the national anthem at high school ballgames, celebrated Columbus Day, and watched numerous classmates drive their pickup trucks to school--gun racks in the back window--parking them in the lot because they'd go hunting after school. Three things we never had at our school: 1. A gun incident 2. A bomb threat 3. Teachers telling us to vote this way or that What has changed?

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linda.g.oc
Jun 03
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Also carrying fishing gear, complete with wickedly sharp filleting knives.


Poverty is not the problem; almost everyone in my small town was poor and depended on fishing, hunting, gardening and foraging to feed their families. We had no police and no crime. Culture matters

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Steve Sherman
Steve Sherman
Jun 02

It must have been the 2004 election and my son was in grade school and they held a class election. That evening we get a call from the school that my son was the only student who voted for Bush. I asked how they knew and why were they calling me during dinner to tell me this. They said it was important and we should know. AYKM??

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Craig Randall
Craig Randall
Jun 03
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I would've loved to have gotten a call like this. I would've relished the trip to the administrative office to discuss with the individual who called my home as to the academic purpose of their data mining and subsequent "follow up." I suspect that I'd record the conversation and submit it to several news outlets for their review.

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bkwormtoo
Jun 01

I'm so old I remember my teachers saying nothing about their political views.

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markmoss1
markmoss1
Jun 02
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I'm so old I remember all the elementary school teachers making their view of Barry Goldwater very clear in 1964.

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Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Jun 01

School choice addresses this issue. Let the government schools pull a Bud Light and promote whatever feminist/Marxist/LGBTQ agenda they want. In a school choice environment, parents will respond like Bud customers.

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superdestroyer
Jun 03
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The restaurant industry does not compared to the private school business. First, almost all private schools are not for profits. Such places have not expanded as their cities/metro areas have grown. All that has happened in that the schools have become more selective and more expensive.


To believe that the marketplace can affect education is to believe that the University of Phoenix can put Harvard out of business. Not going to happen

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Heresolong
Heresolong
Jun 01

"18 percent wanted a more critical look at our country"


Good grief, all they do is bang on about the sins. More critical?

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superdestroyer
Jun 01
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It should be easy to attack the left in the U.S. with a more critical review.

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