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Joe Biden's education secretary, Miguel Cardona, claimed he hasn't "heard...an appetite" for parental involvement in students' education. Just a day earlier, Biden told teachers, "They're not somebody else's children. They're like yours when you're in the classroom." Apparently, Democrats are either clueless or just ignoring the outrage erupting over the woke ideology left-wing activists are pushing in classrooms across the country. As chair of the Republican Party and—more importantly—a mom, I have a message for Democrats: we do not co-parent with the government.As a mother of two, I know how shocking it is to discover inappropriate content in your kids' school curriculum. When my daughter's school assigned her a novel that depicted pedophilia, I and dozens of other parents spoke out at our local school board meeting. It worked. Rather than making the book mandatory, the board allowed parents to choose between three different pieces of literature.That was six years ago. Since then, the Left has become more aggressive and shameless in pushing its radical propaganda onto kids. Just look at the explicit sex education curriculum New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is trying to pass in the Garden State. The curriculum—which was drawn up in secret—teaches six-year-olds about "gender identity" and encourages teachers to share a website with nine-year-olds that discusses pornography. The outrage has been so swift that Murphy is attempting to walk back his support for it, but the fact that it was ever on the table in the first place is stunning.In Massachusetts, parents are suing their local public school for encouraging their kids to assume new names and pronouns to correspond with a newfound gender identity—none of which the school ever disclosed to parents. One of the girls involved was only 11 years old when teachers began affirming her new "gender identity," something administrators kept secret from her parents.And in Washington, D.C., kids as young as four are being indoctrinated with critical race theory. A public elementary school in our nation's capital recently taught a lesson on "anti-racism" that asked students to identify racist members of their family. Children were taught that "white privilege is something you were born with" and that "it's not your fault for having white privilege, but it is your fault if you choose to ignore it." This kind of material would be distressing to kids of any grade level, but race-shaming kindergartners is particularly sickening. One parent reported that their child was "freaked out" by the anti-racism lesson and "needed to sleep with a light on and the door open."
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona deliver remarks during an event for the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year in the East Room of the White House on April 27, 2022 in Washington, DC. The event honored teachers from across the United States including the 2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell who is a veteran history teacher from Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio.
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The Left is just fine with this. But praying after a high school football game—that's where they draw the line. Just ask Coach Joe Kennedy, whose case is currently being argued before the Supreme Court. For years, Kennedy offered players motivational speeches that included religious content and prayer following games, none of which was required or coerced. That ultimately cost him his job. Kennedy was fired based on claims that he had violated the school's "Religious-Related Activities and Practices." Apparently elementary students are mature enough to adopt a new gender, but high school students cannot be given the choice to participate in voluntary prayer.Democrats aren't shy about dictating what your kids learn and don't learn in schools. Their unabashed sense of entitlement towards other people's kids is stunning. But Democrats have misread the political winds. This isn't about adults living as they choose. These are our kids on the line, and parents are angry.
That's why Republicans are pushing back. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has floated a "Parental Bill of Rights" that would reinforce the idea that parents have the sole and final authority over their children's education. In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning schools from teaching K-3 students about sexual orientation or gender identity and requiring that parents be notified if their child is experiencing mental or behavioral health issues. And most recently, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill ensuring greater transparency for parents about their children's education and more accountability for teachers.This is just the beginning. The days of ceding cultural issues to the Left are over. Democrats will feel it come November.Ronna McDaniel is Chair of the Republican National Committee.The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
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