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December 26, 2021 02: 16 PM
It is almost universally accepted,
even among Democrats
, that former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe did not help his campaign when he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
But 1619 Project author Nikole Hannah-Jones thinks Democrats should stick with that message.
Meet the Press
host Chuck Todd noted that “the Virginia's governor's race was arguably decided on the strength of how influential should parents be on curriculum,” Hannah-Jones responded:
I don't really understand this idea that parents should decide what's being taught. I'm not a professional educator. I don't have a degree in social studies or science. We send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have an expertise in the subject area. And that is not my job. When the governor or the candidate said that he didn't think parents should be deciding what's being taught in school, he was panned for that. But that's just the fact.
To be fair, Hannah-Jones isn’t completely wrong here. Most parents don’t know how to teach their children to read or do multiplication. It definitely helps to have teachers trained specifically to do that. But even then, Hannah-Jones is wrong about parents not having control over the "how" of teaching.
Some parents have very strong opinions about how their children should be taught to read. Many prefer the phonics approach, while some prefer the whole word approach. Some don’t care. But for those that do care, those parents absolutely should have a big say in how their local school teaches reading.
But the whole critical race theory debate isn’t really about how children are taught, it is about what they are taught. And Hannah-Jones definitely wants control over what your children are taught.
Specifically, Hannah-Jones wants slavery to be, as she told Chuck Todd earlier in the show, “at the center of the story that we tell ourselves about our country.” For Hannah-Jones, slavery is not something that was endemic to man since the dawn of civilization, and our country is not exceptional because we chose to reject slavery. No, Hannah-Jones believes slavery is what made us exceptional — that it defines us as a nation.
Whether you agree with Hannah-Jones or not,
and entire books have been written cataloging the many factual errors in her writing
, what she wants schools to teach about slavery is radically different than what is taught today.
And she shouldn’t be surprised when parents push back.
In the end, as we move on to the next post, may I add that camDown and that's the a fact.