A new survey finds that teachers aren’t necessarily prepared to teach complex topics such as LBGTQ issues, national politics, and race.

The survey from Education Week Research Center (EWRC) and instructional content platform Newsela is based on the results of a survey of 1,123 educators nationwide, including 452 teachers of grades 4-12, 483 principals, and 188 district leaders.

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The goal of the report is to better understand educator needs around 9 non-traditional topics: social-emotional learning (SEL), school safety, race/ethnicity, national politics, media literacy/fake news, LGBTQ issues, immigration, climate change, and reproductive rights.

The survey finds several justifications for discussing complex topics in schools, ranging from improving critical thinking skills to necessity from new state mandates.

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