Poll: Voters Want Schools to Focus on Basics Instead of Critical Race Theory

The vast majority of people think schools should focus on traditional subjects like math, reading and science, and a majority also say critical race theory should not be taught, a new poll shows.

According to The Center Square Voters’ Voice Poll conducted by Noble Predictive, most surveyed said they want schools to focus on core subjects instead of hot-button topics like critical race theory.

Critical race theory is a theoretical framework that explores systematic oppression and racism within institutions. A number of states have passed laws limiting discussions about it or some of its key tenets in classrooms, arguing it’s racist.

Overall, only 10 percent of voters signaled disagreement. Of those, young people ages 18-34 (17 percent), Black voters (14 percent) and those of other races (14 percent) were most likely to disagree that schools should focus on the core subjects.

Byler said the poll’s findings show what voters want from the nation’s public schools, and for most, it’s not controversial.

“When you ask people what the critical job of a school is, they say it is to teach students the basics,” Byler said. “Voters’ top priority is that schools carry out their basic function well.”

The Center Square Voters’ Voice poll was conducted in conjunction with Noble Predictive Insights in March. The poll queried 2,510 respondents split roughly between both Democrats and Republicans along with 340 true independents. The margin of error for likely voters is +/- 2.1 percent.

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