The Republican Party is looking better and better to a growing number of Americans regarding issues they care about the most, as inflation saps Joe Biden’s approval and his party moves farther to the left.
That includes the issue of education.
According to Fox News, a recent survey commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the country’s second-largest teachers union, discovered that the GOP holds an advantage over Democrats regarding voters’ confidence in how both parties handle education.
AFT commissioned Hart Research Associates to ask: “In general, do you have more confidence in the Democrats or in the Republicans to deal with education issues?”
Conducted in seven battleground states, the survey found that Republicans held a 39-38 percent advantage over Dems regarding which of the two parties voters trust more on the vital issue.
“This polling is such an epic self-own for Randi Weingarten. The results of Randi Weingarten’s own polling destroy her own narrative,” senior fellow at the American Federation for Children Corey DeAngelis told Fox News regarding the AFT president.
“The results of the union-commissioned poll show that likely voters in battleground states have more confidence in Republicans than Democrats on education. The results of the union poll also show that likely voters have much more confidence in teachers and parent organizations than teachers unions. Not a good look for union bosses like Randi Weingarten,” DeAngelis added.
Fox News noted further:
The survey also found that people felt that the number one issue in regard to education and public schools is that it is being too politicized.
Furthermore, the study found that both Democrats and Republicans were viewed as responsible for politicizing education and making education too much a part of the culture war. However, in response to the same question, 33% responded that Democrats were responsible for politicizing education while 28% said Republicans contributed to the issue.
Despite the fact that providing American kids with a quality education that will prepare them to become better citizens while setting them up for success in life, Weingarten instead decided to politicize the results by calling for more attacks against Republicans on one of the most divisive issues of all, critical race theory — which teaches children that because whites established the American system of government and our country’s institutions, they are all inherently racist (as are white people).
That said, conservatives have made distinct gains on the issue of education after highlighting the divisiveness of CRT and opposing enduring COVID-related school closures and remote learning.
“These issues have led to protests and recalls of school boards across the nation,” Fox News noted. “Republican elected officials in several states have sought to ban discussion of gender ideology and critical race theory in classrooms, particularly for young students.”
Even in uber-liberal San Francisco, parents recently recalled three school board members for pursuing overly woke priorities versus focusing more on reopening schools and concentrating on students.
According to Fox News at the time:
Critics, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed, argued the members — school board President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and Commissioner Alison Collins — pushed progressive politics rather than act in the best interest of children during the pandemic, and voters agreed, according to the San Francisco Department of Elections.
“The voters of this city have delivered a clear message that the school board must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement after the vote. “San Francisco is a city that believes in the value of big ideas, but those ideas must be built on the foundation of a government that does the essentials well.”
What were parents upset about? Fox News notes that while those opposed to the recall described the effort as a waste of time and money, backers and parents who launched the recall in January 2021 said that the board members poorly laid out priorities, focusing on ‘wokeness’ like renaming 44 schools that had been named for many of our country’s historical figures (like Paul Revere and Abraham Lincoln) while being slow to reopen schools that they closed during the pandemic.
“The city of San Francisco has risen up and said this is not acceptable to put our kids last,” Siva Raj, a parent who helped launch the recall effort, said, according to Fox News. “Talk is not going to educate our children, it’s action. It’s not about symbolic action, it’s not about changing the name on a school, it is about helping kids inside the school building read and learn math.”