Democrats continue to show their disdain for taxpayers and parents of public school students, as evidenced by a disturbing Facebook post from the Democratic Party of Michigan that was eventually taken down over the weekend.
According to Just the News, the post claimed that parents are not the “clients” of the public school system, suggesting, of course, that they are simply supposed to fork over their property taxes and shut up about what their kids are taught in class, no matter how racist, divisive, or sexually inappropriate.
“Not sure where this ‘parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids’ is originating, but parents do have the option to choose to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire,” the since-deleted post said.
“The purpose of a public education in a public school is not to teach kids only what parents want them to be taught. It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client of the public school is not the parent, but the entire community, the public[.],” the post added.
The post sounded an awful lot like failed Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who essentially said the same thing during a debate last fall with now-GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, the latter of whom campaigned on ensuring parents had a say in their kids’ education.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe noted in a statement many believe cost him the election.
Reacting to the Facebook post, American Federation of Children Director of Research Corey D’Angelis said on Twitter: “They didn’t learn anything from Virginia. (The) Michigan legislature passed two bills to fund students instead of systems in 2021. But Governor Whitmer sided with the teachers union monopoly.”
She went on to encourage state residents to parents to support a petition to override Whitmer’s vetoes, noting that Michigan Student Opportunity Accounts would give parents financial tools to access charter schools, tutoring, and other resources to address personal learning deficits for their children and other means of improving their educational outcomes.
But beyond all of this, the arrogance of the academic left is astounding; any insinuation at all that parents should not have some say in their own child’s educational experience in a publicly-funded school district is not just absurd, it’s almost criminal.
Most parents who have increasingly been attending school board meetings over the past several months are not lodging objections to ‘reading, writing, and arithmetic’ courses, which are traditional educational fare. They are opposed to divisive critical race theory curriculum, which teaches that white people are inherently, unconditionally, and irredeemably racist; books that feature homosexuality and sanction pedophilia; and loony transgender policies that, in Loudoun County, Va., may even have led to sexual violence.
Specifically to the Facebook post, parents are objecting to the left’s definition of “what society needs them to know”; year after year, we have far too many children being taught to hate their country and its founding institutions but who also can’t read, write, and function at the level society needs to them to function when they graduate.
“The Michigan Democratic Party might not get it, but no one knows what a child needs most like his or her parents,” Beth DeShone, Great Lakes Education Project executive director, said in a statement. “The Party’s classist attack on low-income and other parents is absolutely astonishing – and very telling. Public school is about kids, not Democrats’ political policy agenda. Parents are demanding Gretchen Whitmer and other key elected Democrats reject this educational extremism and hold their party accountable.”
Like every other major institution in America, the left has taken over academic and public education. This outrage in Michigan proves again how important the task of wresting control away from these lunatics really is.