Republicans have attacked schools that teach the history of racism in the US and provide inclusive environments for LGBTQ students, hoping to cash in on a tactic that worked in a notable election last year — but a new report suggests so that those efforts could ultimately backfire.
Researchers and pollsters in conversation Politically about GOP candidates running in the 2022 Midterms said the campaign promises to limit discussion of racial or LGBTQ issues in classrooms, energizing grassroots Republicans but edging out centrist voters who see their attacks as too harsh on children.
“Her hypothesis was that it would be a swing issue, particularly for suburban voters and parents, and not just a fundamental issue,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. said the publication. “The way they’ve overplayed their hand is that it’s just a fundamental issue and it’s actually alienating some of the suburban voters — suburban parents in particular.”
“The far-right MAGA strategy of using children and schools as pawns in the culture war has failed and continues to fail to attract converts,” according to a report by Democratic polling firm GBAO last month.
Even GOP-affiliated analysts are warning about the strategies employed by many Republican candidates.
“We’re seeing more and more Republicans continue to play for their base rather than trying to expand their audience. What we’re really finding is that voters are really more in the middle,” said Paul Bentz, an Arizona-based Republican pollster. said Politically.
Around 90,000 educational political commercials have aired in the United States since early September. Many of the ads promoted by GOP candidates make bigoted and baseless allegations against Democrats.
For example, an attack ad against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer accused her of “having a drag queen in every classroom indoctrinating our kids.” Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, meanwhile, has been bombarded with ads accusing him of wanting books in public schools that “shame kids for being white,” a common – but misguided – talking point of right-wing fear mongering critical races use theory to activate their base.
Last year, when then-GOP nominee for Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin ran for office, he employed a similar strategy against his Democratic opponent. the promise to limit classroom discussions of racism in the state. After Youngkin’s win, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) promised that the GOP would be “the party of education.” Rather than develop proposals to increase resources for teachers and students, however, Republicans have promoted a so-called “parental rights accord” to authorize narrow-minded school district residents to file grievances about public school curriculums.
For the past year, right-wing parents, politicians and conservative groups across the country have tried to restrict the curriculum or ban books in school libraries that deal with racial or LGBTQ issues. Florida for example passed a “Don’t Say Gay” law this limits teachers’ ability to talk about LGBTQ issues. Texas that banned more books in the past year than any other statehas also limits how teachers can discuss racism.
A total of 42 states have introduced bills Prevent public school teachers from teaching about the history of racism in the US, where 17 states have so far enacted law or state policy to do so.
A recent report by researchers at the University of Southern California shows that while right-wing voters support the implementation of such restrictions in classrooms of public schools, Most Americans are against it these measures.
“Americans overwhelmingly want high school to be a place where students learn across multiple sides of controversial issues, and they have free access to books that touch on a variety of controversial issues,” the study found.
Fifty-nine percent of US adults say they support lesson plans about transgender rights and gender identity, while 63 percent say they support lessons about sexual orientation, the researchers said. 65 percent say gay rights should be taught in schools.
94 percent support lesson plans about the “contributions of women [and] People of Color in the US, while 95 percent agree slavery should be taught in schools and 86 percent agree racial inequalities should be discussed in the classroom, found the poll.