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Poll Shows Many Teachers, Teens, and Parents Oppose the Woke Agenda of Teachers Unions

Recent poll reveals deep divides over LGBT teachings in schools, with union agendas clashing with parents, students, and even teachers' preferences.

The battle lines in the culture wars over education have never been more sharply drawn, as a recent survey reveals a striking disconnect between the dogmatic push by teachers’ unions for the inclusion of LGBT ideology in public schools and the prevailing sentiment among parents, students, and even teachers themselves. The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), with their combined membership running into millions, have positioned themselves at the forefront of this divisive issue, seemingly oblivious or indifferent to the discord their stance sows among the very communities they serve.

A stark revelation from the Pew Research Center survey underscores this disconnect: a plurality of teachers feel discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity have adversely impacted their teaching effectiveness. The fact that these debates have permeated subjects as vital as Social Studies and English speaks volumes about the pervasive influence of a political agenda over educational content. Remarkably, these discussions seem to be initiated more by teachers aligning with Democrat ideologies, suggesting a politicization of the classroom environment that serves no educational purpose.

Yet, the pushback against this ideological imposition is palpable and widespread. Half of all teachers, the survey notes, believe topics of gender identity have no place in school curriculums. Similarly, a plurality of teenagers oppose being taught about LGBT issues.

The survey’s findings on parental rights to opt their children out of such classes are particularly telling. A significant portion of parents and teachers alike support this right, challenging the unions’ narrative that these topics are essential for a comprehensive education. The discrepancy between the unions’ push for mandatory inclusion of LGBT topics and the community’s desire for choice and discretion is a glaring testament to the unions’ detachment from the realities and preferences of the families and educators they claim to represent.

The aggressive advocacy for LGBT ideology by the NEA and AFT, as outlined in their promotional materials and conference agendas, starkly contrasts with the grassroots sentiment for a more balanced and respectful approach to education—one that prioritizes learning and development over political indoctrination. Their disregard for parental concerns and state laws, as exhibited in their overt defiance of measures like Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” law, only serves to alienate them further from the communities they are supposed to support.

As teachers’ unions continue to champion an agenda increasingly out of step with the values and preferences of a significant portion of their membership, as well as the wider community of parents and students, one cannot help but question whom they truly represent. The survey paints a clear picture: the push for LGBT ideology in schools is not just a top-down imposition by disconnected unions but also proof of a total lack of respect for public sentiment. As debates over education continue to unfold, it becomes increasingly evident that a recalibration is necessary—one that respects the diversity of opinions and upholds the primacy of parental rights in the education of their children.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.