POLL: 60% Of Republican College Students Think State Legislatures Shouldn’t Limit How Public Schools Teach History

Sebastian Hughes 

A majority of Republican college students believe state legislatures should not limit how public schools and universities teach history, according to a Generation Lab/Axios poll released Thursday.

The poll showed 60% of Republican students did not think it was a state legislature’s job to limit the history curriculum of public education, while 46% said public schools should teach “that patterns of racism are ingrained in law and other institutions.”

Out of the Democratic students polled, 82% said state legislatures shouldn’t limit public education, while 97% agreed public schools should teach “that patterns of racism are ingrained in law and other institutions.” Among all participants, the results were 77% and 82%, respectively.

Republican-controlled state legislatures have moved to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools, with nearly 20 states passing laws to prevent CRT from being taught. Despite this, 41% of respondents to the poll said they don’t really understand what CRT is, while 30% had only heard of it for the first time when taking the survey.

CRT holds that racism has been a fundamental part of America since its foundation and teaches to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue a concept known as anti-racism through the end of individual merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.

While nearly half of Democrats said the government should have no power at all to control history curriculum, only 27% of Republicans agreed. The divides were deeper between Republican and Democratic students when it came to the existence of systemic racism.

Only 16% of Republicans said racism today is primarily systemic, not committed by individuals with prejudice, while 86% of Democrats did. Additionally, only 23% of Republicans said they believe their high school history curriculum was flawed in how it taught race, compared to 81% of Democrats.

The survey was conducted June 24-28 from a representative sample of 810 students nationwide attending 2-year and 4-year schools. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points, according to Axios.

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One Reply to “POLL: 60% Of Republican College Students Think State Legislatures Shouldn’t Limit How Public Schools Teach History”

  1. It seems that it would be common sense to teach teh positives of a culture, so you continue to have that culture. The survey should have asked, “Do you think the history curriculum taught in schools should focus on the positive or negative aspects of our past leaders? and why? That would have been a good survey. To teach students to hate their country doesn’t make sense no matter what PR line you want to give it.

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