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Where Americans Are — and Aren’t — Politically Divided on Education

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Education debates lack evidence-based insights, says researcher Morgan Polikoff. His study reveals common ground among Americans on public education topics, despite partisan divides. The study, based on 3,905 U.S. adults’ responses, found consensus on the importance of teaching reading, writing, math, and civics. Differences emerged on teaching children to embrace differences, with 74% of Democrats and 35% of Republicans agreeing. Most respondents supported public funding for public schools. LGBTQ+ topics and racism discussions showed stark partisan divides, with Democrats generally supportive and Republicans opposed. Despite differences, most agreed children should read books by authors from racial minority groups. The study also revealed mixed views on parental control over education.

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