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Queer Fear: A Greater threat than School Shooting for American Parents (Poll 2024)

In the complex and ever-evolving landscape of modern education, parents face a myriad of concerns regarding their children’s schooling. A recent poll conducted by the Coach Foundation among parents highlights a striking perspective: a significant portion of parents are more concerned about LGBTQ-related topics being discussed in schools than the occurrence of school shootings.

Queer Fear: A Greater threat than School Shooting for American Parents (Poll 2024) survey

Key Findings

The study, involving a diverse group of 1000 parents from first-world countries like America, the U.K., and Australia, aimed to understand their primary concerns regarding their children’s school environment.

  • The poll revealed that 712 out of 1000 parents expressed greater worry about LGBTQ topics in schools than the threat of school shootings.
Queer Fear: A Greater threat than School Shooting for American Parents (Poll 2024) survey
  • The reasons for this concern range from personal beliefs and values to misunderstandings or a lack of information about LGBTQ issues.
  • The level of concern showed variations across different regions and cultural backgrounds, indicating the influence of local societal norms on parental perspectives.

LGBTQ Topics vs. School Shootings

One of the more startling findings was that 70% of the parents surveyed expressed greater concern over LGBTQ topics being discussed in schools than the threat of school shootings. This translates to approximately 700 out of the 1,000 parents surveyed.

The high level of concern about LGBTQ topics in education suggests a significant impact of societal values and norms on parental attitudes. In some communities, there may be resistance to discussing these topics in schools, stemming from cultural or religious beliefs or a preference for traditional family structures.

This disparity may reflect a broader conversation about the role of schools in shaping the values and attitudes of young minds.

7 out of 10 parents find these discussions unacceptable, with their primary concerns being:

  • 42% (60% of the 70%) believe it challenges their deeply held cultural or religious beliefs.
  • 21% (30% of the 70%) think schools should prioritize traditional family structures.
  • 7% (10% of the 70%) feel schools should focus solely on academic subjects.
Queer Fear: A Greater threat than School Shooting for American Parents (Poll 2024) survey

Parents’ Perspective: School is No Place for Hidden Agendas

Parents who are concerned about what they perceive as hidden agendas in schools generally feel that the primary purpose of schooling should be academic education. They often believe that topics related to social issues, particularly those involving LGBTQ themes, should be left for parents to address at home, according to their family values and beliefs.

Many of these parents express unease about the introduction of subjects they consider controversial or inappropriate for their children’s age. They worry that discussing such topics in schools might lead to confusion or undue influence over their children’s developing perspectives. The concern is that education may be shifting away from traditional academic subjects and leaning more towards social or ideological teachings.

There is also a strong sentiment about maintaining the sanctity of family values and the right of parents to be the primary guides for their children on moral and social matters. These parents often seek more transparency and involvement in the school curriculum, advocating for a greater emphasis on core academic subjects. They emphasize the importance of preparing children academically for the future without what they see as distractions posed by non-academic discussions.

Overall, these parents seek a clear separation between academic education and social or moral education, advocating for a school environment that aligns with their perspective of what education should encompass.


This survey sheds light on the intricate and often conflicting concerns faced by parents in the current educational climate. It underscores the need for a dialogue between educators, parents, and the broader community to address these concerns and work towards an educational environment that is safe, inclusive, and respectful of diverse viewpoints and experiences.


The survey was conducted among a representative sample of 1000 parents from various regions, ensuring a broad understanding of the prevailing concerns in different communities.

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