About the discourse between public schools and parents, consider this scene from the Brit series Midsomer Murders (it's supped to be copied to the pertinent scene so you don't have to watch the whole episode - up through about the 1:22:51 spot):
Because what was that NPR piece other than manipulation? Power of suggestion. Note that there is nothing in it that screams 'propaganda piece for the Left!' Nonetheless, you can't miss that the piece is nothing but that. And you know, in your gut, exactly what you are supposed to think about the situation once you're finished reading the piece.
It can be spotted, however, for several reasons if you think on it. First we have context and know what it's all about. We get the fact that parents, in 2020, were suddenly confronted with what their children were really learning or not learning in schools. Then concerns brought to educators and school boards were met with pushback rather than dialogue in more than one instance. Sometimes flagrant and condescending pushback. Teachers, acting as if the Internet isn't a thing, were found on Zoom or other platforms calling hellfire down on conservatives or explaining why parents don't have the right to know what their kids are learning.
All of which prompted parents to begin confronting the school boards when the opportunity presented itself. No doubt some parents behaved as inappropriately as some of the teachers and school boards. Note, however, the focus in the NPR piece.
The piece also does the usual, emphasizing vast conservative funding networks, something almost never mentioned when the press discusses liberal activism. Likewise, it suggests that the 'silent majority' is really on the side of the teachers and school boards who want this to go away. The reporter knows this because it's the silent majority.
Perhaps the giveaway part, however, is this little bit on down in the piece, quoting an anonymous principal who identifies as a Republican in a predominantly conservative district:
"You can't [use newspapers] anymore. You can't use CNN because the parents will go nuts on you. You can't use Fox because it's so out there. It's hard to teach kids about what's going on in any kind of context, because there is no context anymore."
Note that. You can't use CNN - because of those rascally parents going nuts on you.. Not that CNN is a problem. The problem is those nutty parents. You can't use FOX either. Why? Says the Republican in the conservative district - because FOX is "so out there". The problem in this case being Fox, not the nutty parents.
And I'm supposed to believe this is some conservative Republican principal who sees no problem with CNN but considers FOX out there? This is as if to say 'see, Republican Conservative says FOX is a problem, but otherwise it's the parents when they question CNN'. The power of suggestion. A big thing in our modern institutions and our modern media. But if you step back and don't let distraction or misdirection fool you, and think things through, you'll be able to spot the illusion almost every time.