New polling from Saint Leo University that parents have become more informed of their children’s curriculum since the start of the pandemic and the switch to remote schooling. Naturally, parental involvement has become a topic of discussion since. The new data suggests that a vast majority of people both nationally and in the state of Florida believe that they “have a right to see curriculum used their children’s classrooms.”
According to the data, 86.4% of respondents nationally believe they have a right to know their children’s curriculum and Floridians responded at 87%.
When it comes to other hot button issues such as Critical Race Theory (or CRT for short), a surprising 41% of those surveyed were in support of CRT while 38% were in opposition. However, “63.4 percent of all respondents indicate they are aware of CRT, the poll shows, and of this group, 61 percent note they are very or somewhat knowledgeable about CRT.”
The respondents favored against the banning of books, however. According to Dr. Fern Aefsky a professor in education at Saint Leo, “Schools need to be places where conversations can occur, opinions shared and respected,” she declared.
“Schools also need to be places where children learn about differences and celebrate those differences as they learn to be productive members of a democratic society.”