Over Half of Virginia Parents Believe That Parents Should Tell Schools What to Teach


2021 may go down as the year in history when parents decided to take back the public school system, and there is no doubt that this began in Loudoun County, Virginia, where controversial policies regarding gender and identity as well as curricula deemed to be in alignment with critical race theory have captured the attention of outraged parents and the nation as a whole.

The state is now facing a gubernatorial election where the two major candidates, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin, have faced off over this issue with McAuliffe ultimately declaring during a debate that “…I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” Youngkin had also said in preface to this statement.

So, what do Virginia’s parents think about the role they should play in telling schools what to teach?

Well, according to a Fox News poll conducted after McAuliffe’s comments, a strong majority disagree with his stance.

Virginia parents were asked, “Do you believe parents should – or should not – be telling schools what to teach?” and 57% agreed that they do think parents should be involved.

Out of likely Virginia voters, 50% agreed.

Only 34% of parents and 40% of likely voters, meanwhile, thought that parents “should not” tell the schools what to teach.

Out of Younkin supporters, 79% agreed that parents should be able to tell schools what to teach, and of McAuliffe supporters, 25% agreed.

“McAuliffe wants to suppress and silence parents so his special interest allies can force their radical political agenda into classrooms and tell children what to think instead of teaching them how to think,” Christian Martinez, a spokesman for the Youngkin campaign, told Fox News. “Virginia parents are supporting Glenn Youngkin because he listens to them, respects them, and will restore excellence to our schools, raise teacher pay, and invest in the largest education budget in Virginia history.”

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