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Terry McAuliffe Thinks Parents Shouldn’t Have a Say in What Schools Teach Their Children

Terry McAuliffe Thinks Parents Shouldn’t Have a Say in What Schools Teach Their Children

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Terry McAuliffe, who wants to be Virginia’s governor again, said during a debate that parents should not be involved in the schools.

Guess what, Terry. Parents are in charge. They aren’t stupid. What about the parents who used to teach? You don’t think even we should have a say in what goes on in the schools?

But it doesn’t matter if a parent isn’t a former or current educator. The parents have every right to be involved in everything that goes on in the schools.

Even if your child doesn’t go there you have a right to speak up because your tax dollars pay for those schools.

SEND YOUR KIDS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS. A lot of private schools offer many scholarships and aid. They also have uniform exchanges so you don’t have to buy the uniforms. Public schools are a mess.

There’s a reason why I don’t teach anymore. I refused to play politics with my students’ education. I refused to place anything above their education. Their education meant more to me than test scores or passing numbers.

That was in 2004. I cannot imagine what it is like now.


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I’m hoping that statement shifts voters away from him. What a stupid thing to say. There is a on-going debate in Loudon County about school curriculum.

    fscarn in reply to r2468. | September 29, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    The time of day is quite late, patriots. McAuliffe’s saying what the courts have been holding. Consider this holding from BROWN v. HOT, SEXY AND SAFER PRODUCTIONS, INC. (1995).

    “We think it is fundamentally different for the state to say to a parent, “You can’t teach your child German or send him to a parochial school,” than for the parent to say to the state, “You can’t teach my child subjects that are morally offensive to me.”   The first instance involves the state proscribing parents from educating their children, while the second involves parents prescribing what the state shall teach their children.   If all parents had a fundamental constitutional right to dictate individually what the schools teach their children, the schools would be forced to cater a curriculum for each student whose parents had genuine moral disagreements with the school’s choice of subject matter.   We cannot see that the Constitution imposes such a burden on state educational systems, and accordingly find that the rights of parents as described by Meyer and Pierce do not encompass a broad-based right to restrict the flow of information in the public schools.”

What he meant is, citizens have no rights,


There, I fixed it for you

Sending your kid to private school isn’t enough, because you are still paying for public school; re- taxes, Abolish public school, have parents keep their money and send their kids to the newly created private schools that pop up.

    healthguyfsu in reply to SaltyDonnie. | September 29, 2021 at 10:19 am

    As an adult with no children, I wholeheartedly agree in cancelling taxes that pay for public school.

    So which problem CAN you fix NOW? You are ensnared in a mental trap of your own making.

    artichoke in reply to SaltyDonnie. | September 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Private schools can be worse. NYC “elite” private schools seem to have gone woke all together. And they can go all the way woke, without constraints that exist for public schools.

      henrybowman in reply to artichoke. | September 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Well, the big constraint is that if you pull your kids for a private school, they stop getting paid to teach them — something that rarely happens in a public school.

        artichoke in reply to henrybowman. | September 29, 2021 at 10:50 pm

        Yes, I wonder if those private school admins (more geniuses with EdD degrees or worse) thought of that before putting their institutions at the service of the agenda of self-flagellation in the wake of George Floyd.

He said “I don’t think”, we can agree on that.

Public schools have a terminal illness.

    He said “I don’t think.” He was probably speaking on behalf of Jill Biden’s husband or else he was campaigning for white house spokesman after Psaki steps down.

Well sure, why would taxpayers have any role in how their funds are spent? Obviously only the elite and the credentialed are capable of selecting the appropriate spending priorities and public policy. The rubes simply need to pay taxes, be quiet and carry on with production in their icky fields like driving trucks, agriculture, commercial fishing, various skilled trades and of course continuing to send their sons and daughters to the military. /

The problem with the McAuliffe argument is that it falsely accuses parents of “running down teachers”. In reality, parents aren’t going after individual teachers; they are going after the curriculum, which is above the teacher’s pay grade these days.

We have to continue to recalibrate the argument and point out their fallacy to fend off the emotionals in the center that stray from rational thinking to such easy bait and switch moves by leftists.

    Our side is going after teachers, teachers have been defying bans on CRT and teaching it any way and we want a ban on CRT in schools in practice and theory so yes we are telling teachers what to teach and how to teach it (i.e. no racial discrimination or racial attacks, no hate America narratives, no the founding was a nakba etc). Democrats are going to try to make it sound bad, pretending we aren’t doing it (lying) is a great way to help their spin narrative because it confirms it is wrong to tell teachers what to do in a government job paid for by taxpayers..

      healthguyfsu in reply to Danny. | September 29, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      Except that you can put good teachers in your crosshairs when you do that… many parents are there per teacher?

      Do you think every parent can win a tug of war against another parent with the teacher in the center? I mean maybe if you rip off a limb in the process you consider that a “win”?

      No, the answer is to go after the administration and the curriculum injections by the left.

        henrybowman in reply to healthguyfsu. | September 29, 2021 at 9:46 pm

        Good teachers like the one who beaned normies with a bike lock at demonstrations? Or the one who bragged that he turned all his students into revolutionaries? Or the one who took out the US flag and made her students pledge allegiance to the BLM flag? Because I’m trying hard to think of examples where individual teachers (instead of administrative sharks like Beth Barts) were targeted unjustly. Maybe you have some you could point me to.

          Dathurtz in reply to henrybowman. | September 30, 2021 at 6:12 am

          You’re right, I think when it comes to politics and what gets seen.

          Good teachers do get gone after, but it is not newsworthy and largely a function of broken education law.

          Think about that coach who was so unfairly treated by, I think, Loudoun county.

Those uppity peasants need to be reminded of their place.

Prototypical Leftist; he knows how to live your life better than you. Just let him make all of life’s decisions.

A Leftist tactic of old. When people criticize the educrats who tell teachers what they must teach, we’re accused of running down teachers.


If he is willing to support these positions publicly, there no telling how far he is willing to go in private. Furthermore he believes the government should be able to do anything it wants and that citizens have no right to complain about it.

Finally – being up front and open about the Democrat true vision.

The dems have almost half the people fooled all the time about everything.

Education needs to be as decentralized as possible. Feds should be entirely uninvolved. No “but what about this case” stuff. Uninvolved.

States governments have consolidated WAY too much power over local schools. Teaching should fall into two categories: knowledge/skills specifically for the community and the knowledge/skills without a specific purpose but that the community thinks every member should know/be able to do.

A first step is allowing a local school board to set the standards for their schools. Teachers should set a plan to meet those standards, subject to the principal, and then should do so. It isn’t a difficult concept. The problem is that school boards (an elected position) aren’t accountable unless voters hold them accountable in an election. But, that is how our system of government is supposed to work.

The bottom line is that as long as people outside of your community and dictating what is taught in your community, then you will be unhappy about what is being taught in your community. Right now, my “jump start” students (not university pathway) are having to learn a bunch of stuff about cells/molecules that they really don’t need to know. I like knowing that stuff and I wish everybody knew it, but the vast majority of people have no need to know what a nucleosome is or how they work. I daresay most of us get by just fine without it. The reason I have to teach this aspect of biology so strongly is because it will be on the state test for my subject at the end of the course. It would benefit those students much more if, during a biology class, we were outside almost every day actually learning macro-scale biology. But, the state thinks otherwise and I, my school, and my principal are all judged entirely on the performance of our students on that test.

    henrybowman in reply to Dathurtz. | September 29, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    “A first step is allowing a local school board to set the standards for their schools… The problem is that school boards (an elected position) aren’t accountable unless voters hold them accountable in an election. But, that is how our system of government is supposed to work.”

    And it fails reliably, all the way down to out-of-control neighborhood HOAs. Why anyone should think that a politically-origined school board would work better fascinates me.

      Dathurtz in reply to henrybowman. | September 30, 2021 at 6:15 am

      If you live in a community with far different values than your own, then you shouldn’t be surprised when your values aren’t ascendant.

      Can think of a better system than a local community deciding what it needs and them implementing a decision?

High time for government-sponsored indoctrination centers to implode and collapse under their own deadwood.

The best time to get your kids out of government schools was yesterday. The second best time is TODAY. Do not waste another minute.

McAuliffe “gets really tired” of us. Biden’s “patience is running out”.

We’re tired of them and our patience is running out too.

public employees WORK FOR US! They need reminders of that from time to time.

What an elitist! The State knows what’s right for our children……shut-up you parents, We know better.

Antifundamentalist | September 29, 2021 at 2:47 pm

If left alone, he will outlaw home schooling and any private schools that don’t use “approved” curriculum.

Just surrender your children to the state.

Private schools = Parental choice
Public schools = Child abuse

Our Schools are now hotbeds of LEFTIST thinking, producing ALL future Democrats ! I see what has happened with my own Grandchildren, who went into School thinking one way and graduating with a completely DIFFERENT set of thought processes. THIS is one of the reasons that SOCIALISM is becoming more acceptable to their thinking. We are now in danger of LOSING our America!

I think its good when tyrants tell us who they are before elections.