A new poll published by leftist corporate media outlet NPR claims that “parents across the political spectrum” are satisfied with the education that has been provided by public schools throughout the pandemic. NPR asserted that as a true statement, despite the “messaging of a small minority clamoring for parents’ rights.”
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten pointed to a part of the NPR poll to reach for some positive spin. She noted a part of the poll that claims 47 percent of surveyed parents believe the “pandemic has not disrupted my child’s education.”
Even though Weingarten appears to be claiming that number as a victory, the NPR poll shows that a majority of 53 percent of surveyed parents disagree with the statement. Additionally, many education experts have reported large disruptions in important metrics like test scores, preschool enrollment, and college attendance that have resulted from the pandemic.
The NPR poll also shows that 73 percent of parents now feel their child would benefit from some form of mental health counseling. That is up from 68 percent in February 2021.
The NPR report on the poll also overlooks the finding about parents of children with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or who receive special education services. Those parents indicated their children’s educational situation has not improved, and are much more likely to say their child is behind developmental levels where they should be in math, reading, science, social skills, and mental health.
Of parents of children on an IEP, 67 percent say their child has not received any compensatory educational services this year in response to delays and setbacks that occurred as a result of the pandemic.
Primary care physician Shveta Raju wrote on Twitter that the national media thinks “we are so stupid to believe” an NPR poll that pretends half of American schoolchildren were not affected by school closures.
Texas congressional candidate Jenny Garcia questioned the methodology of the NPR poll, asking if it was simply a poll of the outlet’s followers.
Regarding Weingarten, Spectator Editor Stephen L. Miller noted that the chief of the largest teachers’ union “does not understand basic math and percentages.”