Is it true that all stakeholders are created equal? If this is the case, it implies that teachers and parents, government organizations, vendors, and anybody else interested in the education game, have a vested stake in the educational achievements of individual kids.
If that does not make sense to you, you must be living in the past. These days teachers and principals know what is best for their kids.
In reality, the primary stakeholders in student education are the students and their parents.
But do not tell that to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. Instead of receiving a B.S. from Central Connecticut State University and an Ed.D. from the University of Connecticut, he must have secretly gotten his degree from Karl Marx University. He started as a fourth-grade teacher, then worked his way up to the principal, and quickly became the state of Connecticut’s Commissioner of Education. How did he stand out enough to become the U.S. Secretary of Education?
Last week, Cardona said parents and guardians are not the primary stakeholders in their children’s schooling. He accepts that parents are “significant partners,” but that does not mean they get to decide what their children will learn. Instead, instructors should determine the projects, assignments, materials, and subjects that students need to know. If teachers want to include pornography and racialism in their classes, who are you to tell them, they cannot do so. Academic freedom now apparently means that liberal, socialist teachers get to indoctrinate your children with everything from CRT to rap music.
The wacky leftist Terry McAuliffe, running for Virginia governor, said the same thing recently during a recent debate. This Marxism thing is catching on. Gubernatorial grifter Terry McAuliffe said parents could not tell schools what they think are appropriate topics for class.
Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin was flabbergasted. He stated that Virginia Law clearly outlines the rights of parents. In section 1-240.1, the code says, “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.” Of course, he is running in a state where almost 50% of the parents of children agree with McAuliffe. Democrats do not want to be responsible for their children. Many would be happy to drop them off at Terry’s house for the weekend.
McAuliffe seems to think that restricting the content of books to age-appropriate educational topics means that parents want to reserve the option to reject books. He believes that taking horrible junk off the bookshelves is akin to book burning. Terry will not allow parents to change the curriculum at schools where they exercise oversight, pay the taxes, and have a moral responsibility to monitor their children’s education.
A Pennsylvania Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Sean Parnell, noted that “For a moment McAuliffe showed you what he believes & it should frighten every parent.”