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63% of Americans think parents have the ‘last word’ in education

A large majority of Americans polled say parents are their children’s primary educators and should have the “final say” over what their children learn in public schools.

A survey conducted by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty this week found that 63% of respondents believe “parents should have the last word … have the last word” without “denying” parents.

“The majority of Democratic, Independent and Republican respondents all sided with this view, although to varying degrees,” the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty noted, adding:

Among Democrats, a slight majority, 52%, sides with this opinion, against 64% of independents and 74% of Republicans. Whether or not respondents had children at home had little impact on opinion: 66% of those who had children at home supported this opinion, compared with 61% of those who did not. had no children.

The question was part of the Becket Fund’s third annual Religious Freedom Index, which Becket says is a “holistic view of changes in American attitudes toward religious freedom,” based on responses from 1,000 Americans. to questions that cover a wide range of religions. protections of liberty under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

The responses of survey participants to 21 questions are used to compile a “Religious Freedom Index,” a measure of support for religious freedom in the United States.

In 2019, the Religious Freedom Index was 67. The index fell to 66 last year and this year hit 68.

The results of the education survey question come a few weeks after a Washington post Poll found education was the number one issue for Virginia voters in the gubernatorial race, an issue that ultimately saw Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) claim a victory over former Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe .

Youngkin has repeatedly listened to the concerns of parents in Virginia regarding teaching the principles of critical race theory, activist LGBTQ curricula and COVID-19 related mandates, saying, “I think parents should be in charge of their children’s education. ”

McAuliffe, however, made it clear: “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.

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