Biden’s Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, dodged a question regarding whether or not parents should decide what their kids will be taught in public schools. The question was asked by Senator Mike Braun (R-IN).
“Do you think parents should be in charge of their child’s education as the primary stakeholder?” Braun asked during a hearing on Thursday. “I believe parents are important stakeholders,” Cardona began. Braun immediately interjected to affirm that he was asking about whether or not parents should be the “primary” stakeholder. “But I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming” said Cardona.
“I think that’s gonna be a little out of focus with what I think you’re gonna find across all elements of education,” Braun replied. “Since they pay the bills, they raise the kids, they probably need to be the primary spokespeople for their own kids’ good education.”
Biden's Education Secretary Cardona says parents should not be the "primary stakeholder" in their kids' education. pic.twitter.com/kZo2pr7Bds
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Cardona was instrumental in making Connecticut the first state in the nation to require “Black and Latino studies” courses as part of their high school curriculum. He previously served as Connecticut’s Education Commissioner before being tapped as Biden’s Education Secretary.
The now-mandated curriculum includes material directly from the Black Lives Matter organization and aims to teach students about the symbolism behind Colin Kaepernick kneeling. It also includes units on “social justice” and “anti-racism”, which are simply euphemisms for critical race theory-themed concepts. Students will also be taught about the virtues of the Haitian revolution in which the white population was slaughtered.
“This curriculum acknowledges that by connecting the story of people of color in the U.S. to the larger story of American history. The fact is that more inclusive, culturally relevant content in classrooms leads to greater student engagement and better outcomes for all,” Cardona said of Connecticut’s new curriculum requirements. He has recently been pushing for mandatory vaccination in public schools.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made similar comments during a debate with challenger Glenn Youngkin earlier this week. “I’m not gonna let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions,” McAuliffe said.
Terry McAuliffe: "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." pic.twitter.com/7S15pTv1gY
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He then boasted that during his previous term as governor, he actually vetoed a bill that would have allowed for greater parental involvement in the education of children, and would have even given parents “veto” power over education material they found objectionable. “Yeah, I stopped the bill,” McAuliffe said. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”