At the White House’s 2022 Teacher of the Year ceremony on Wednesday, President Biden said school kids don’t belong with their parents “when they’re in the classroom.”
“These are all our children. And the reason you’re teachers of the year is because you recognize it. They are not someone else’s children. They are like yours when they are in class,” he said. mentioned.
Later in the speech, Biden targeted Republicans and parent movements in local school districts who have fought to remove libraries and school programs that promote radical gender and racial ideologies.
“There are too many politicians trying to score political points by trying to ban books, even math books. Did you ever think that when you were teaching, you were going to worry about books being burned and books being banned, all because it doesn’t fit on someone’s political agenda? Biden said.
The comments took on a similar tone to former Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe when he made his now infamous remark last year that parents should not be involved in the public education from kindergarten to 12th grade. During the election campaign, he said during a debate: “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and take books and make their own decisions. I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.
Glenn Youngkin, then opponent of McAuliffe, now governor of Virginia, retorted: “You think school systems should tell kids what to do. I think parents should be responsible for the education of their children. Since Youngkin’s landslide victory in the state, several Republicans have followed his model, making parental rights a top policy priority and drafting legislation to support it.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for example, recently signed the Parental Rights in Education Act, which bans the teaching of sex and gender identity education from kindergarten through third grade. leaving it up to parents to decide how and when to teach their children such sensitive subjects.
Parental choice rhetoric has angered many progressives for its effectiveness at the polls, given that it has won over many moderates as well. Last week, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace compared parental rights legislation to the “war tactics” of Russians who “lead their soldiers to rape children by dehumanizing them.” Similarly, the President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, suggested last week that these Republican-backed measures amounted to “propaganda” and “disinformation”, saying that “this is how wars begin”.
Most Americans and Florida residents, regardless of political affiliation, support the Parental Rights in Education Act, according to a recent survey.
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