McAuliffe wants parents to stay out of public education
“I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.” With this revelation, Terry McAuliffe said out loud what many liberal supporters of great governments believe at heart. Entrust your children to us and we know how to educate them. The Commonwealth of Virginia is suffering from a double-digit drop in learning level scores (SOL) among its students from Tidewater to the Appalachians. It faces an unprecedented shortage of teachers, and the curriculum continues to water down with superintendents promoting critical race theory over reading, writing, arithmetic and science. More than ever, we need parents involved in the education of their children.
Between consultant-led campaigns that trick candidates to temper their true feelings and find the magic jargon that appeals to the mythical middle voter, Terry McAuliffe’s unusually candid reply to a debate question crystallizes different worldviews. from which an electorate can choose. In the final weeks of the campaign, Glenn Youngkin is expected to make the governor’s race a referendum on whether parents should give up on their child’s education, as Terry McAuliffe and teachers’ unions believe.
Amid the chaos, disruption and tragedy of the pandemic, even parents in traditionally Democratic strongholds have become frustrated with the power of teachers’ unions. Despite all the evidence that seasonal flu is more dangerous for school-aged children than COVID-19, teacher unions were able to shut down most schools across America last year. As a result, students quickly fall behind. According to the Department of Education, more than two in three African-American and Hispanic students failed their learning level test last year. Parents of disadvantaged children in disadvantaged neighborhoods are the least likely to pay tutors to replace closed schools or to provide supervision to ensure their children connect and enroll in an online school.
Student math scores fell 28 points, science scores fell 22 points, and reading scores fell 10 points. Only 61% of all third graders passed their SOL. Today there are over 1000 teaching positions available in the Commonwealth.
With the insidious inclusion of Critical Race Theory in the curriculum and the complicity of school administrators in appeasing the Orwellian movement for gender equality, parents should be more concerned than ever with what their children are learning at school. school. Classrooms are no longer learning environments for reading, writing, math and science. Instead, they have become laboratories for advancing a political agenda often in conflict with the values taught at home.
As President Joe Biden’s plummeting approval numbers became a cornerstone around the necks of Democratic candidates, Terry McAuliffe countered by spending months trying to scare Virginia voters that his opponent – the graduate of the Harvard MBA, former Carlyle executive and Tony resident of Great Falls is truly a Donald Trump clone. Voters suffered from debates over the dismantling of Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond and discussions over the alleged threat of sea level rise on the Virginia coast; yet, out of this cauldron of clickable bait topics, a problem of prime importance has emerged, one that has a direct impact on the lives of millions of voters across the Old Dominion. Just when our schools need help, Terry McAuliffe wants parents to stay out.
• Marc Short was President Trump’s Director of Legislative Affairs when he successfully passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.