Biden Admin points Double-barreled Shotgun at Parents

Biden Admin points Double-barreled Shotgun at Parents by Chris Talgo  for Washington Examiner

Once upon a time, parents held enormous sway over their children’s education. Now, parents have little say over what is taught in public school classrooms.

Testifying before Congress last week, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was asked a simple question: “Do you think parents should be in charge of their child’s education as the primary stakeholder?”

Cardona responded, “I believe parents are important stakeholders … but I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming.” Note how Cardona evaded the question, replacing “primary” with “important.” Primary and important are not synonyms. Also, note how Cardona mentioned parents as being part of the equation, but he emphasized the role of educators as being the arbiters of “educational programming.”

Moreover, what does Cardona mean when he refers to educational programming? Education is not about programming students; it is about teaching children how to read, write, perform math and science, think critically, etc.

U.S. education has never been about programming students. That is what authoritarian regimes do to indoctrinate their youth. Interestingly, Cardona’s comments came on the heels of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s remark during a recent debate: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, may want to brush up on Virginia law. According to the Code of Virginia, § 1-240.1. Rights of parents, “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”

But as if Cardona’s and McAuliffe’s comments were not bad enough, consider what the Department of Justice is up to with regard to school board meetings. On Oct. 4, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo regarding the “increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and workers in our nation’s public schools.”

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