Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat candidate for Virginia governor, has come under criticism after commenting on parental contributions and Virginia public school involvement in the latest governor dispute.
McAuliffe, whom I supported, said in his latest discussion with Republican candidate Glenn Younkin that “I don’t think parents should tell schools what they should teach.”
The comment referred to Youngkin’s argument that parents should be more involved in local school decision-making, as Youngkin has raised the issue of critical race theory throughout the campaign. This is despite the fact that critical race theory is not part of Virginia’s curriculum and is not taught in Virginia public schools.
McAuliffe’s reaction has received a lot of criticism and even offensive advertising from Youngkin; however, as a teacher, I could no longer agree with McAuiliffe.
Parents undoubtedly have an important role to play in the educational process, but as far as what is taught is concerned, it should be left to selected and appointed professionals with an educational background and real teaching experience. The fact that a parent does not agree with something does not make it unsuitable in the classroom.
Parents tend to blur what they think should and should not be taught in school. An educated person means that you are an all-encompassing person. A decent person gets to know many different topics and perspectives.
Parents who demand a say in what is taught and what is not taught need to think about the consequences of their demands.
At best, parents who dictate what teachers teach can lead to dangerous inaccuracies in many aspects of education. In the worst case, it can poison the minds of our students with a pointless drip.
Imagine if InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones could have a say in his child’s school. Jones, who was recently blamed for his Sandy Hook fraud conspiracy, said the 2012 shooting, which killed 20 children and six school workers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was prepared by gun control advocates and the mainstream. media as a false tree operation.
If you open the door to one or a group of parents to dictate what is being taught, you have opened the door to any parent who wants to control the content of the classroom.
In many states, parents already have too much influence over what is taught in sex education. In 37 states plus Washington DC, parents are allowed to drop out of their child’s sex education. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 20 states and Washington DC require information on contraception, and parents in 37 states and Washington DC have the option of waiving their child’s sex education classes.
Many of these restrictions stem from the demands of parents in these communities and states. These restrictions hinder students’ educational attainment because they are unable to fully learn all aspects of sexual health.
As a trainer, I have worked on the development and writing of curricula in several states and on many courses covering a wide range of topics. The content of the course curriculum has been carefully considered over time and with input from various subject experts.
It is often tested and reviewed once a curriculum has been written and completed, even before it is fully implemented.
Parents have an indirect way of deciding what schools teach by choosing people who are on school boards and state offices. These elected officials make decisions about what is taught in schools, or appoint or approve members of national education councils that implement these policies. Parents have every right to make their voices heard in school council meetings or by opening public forms at meetings, but they should not dictate what is taught.
One of the best ways a parent can get their child involved in their education is to have respect for what is actually going on in their child’s school by going back to school, parent teacher conferences and attending a PTA or school. PTSA meetings.
Teachers want parents to be involved in the educational process, but controlling what teachers can educate their students is detrimental to schools everywhere.