Michigan’s Democrats pulled a Terry McAuliffe and published on their pages that parents have no right to determine what their children were taught and it was the community to decide. They took a lot of heat real quick and they were forced to take it down. The question will be if they took it down quickly enough or whether it will remain in the minds of parents come election time like it did in Virginia.
Michigan Democrats lectured parents on Facebook this past weekend. The Democrat Party told parents, they are not ‘clients’ of public schools and that lessons must be based on what society needs them to know.
FOX News reported:
A Saturday post made by the Michigan Democrats on their official Facebook page criticized the parents who want to play a role in what public education teaches their children. The post was deleted Monday morning after intense criticism.
“Not sure where this ‘parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids’ is originating, but parents do have the option to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire,” the post read.
“The purpose of public education in public schools is not to teach kids only what parents want them to be taught,” the Michigan Democratic Party’s post continued. “It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client of the public school is not the parent, but the entire community, the public.”
The Michigan Democratic Party later deleted that post and issued a quasi-apology.
“We have deleted a post that ignored the important role parents play—and should play—in Michigan public schools. Parents need to have a say in their children’s education, end of story,” a subsequent post on Monday stated. “The post does not reflect the views of Michigan Democrats and should not be misinterpreted as a statement of support from our elected officials or candidates.”
The state’s Republicans were sharply critical of the Democrats’ original post.
Ouch. That’s going to leave a mark. Parents will not forget this and those who do will be reminded in dozens of political ads before the November midterms. Parents have this fixation that they get to decide what’s bes6t for their children, especially when their tax dollars are paying the bill.
If Democrats think that if parents don’t like it, they can always send their kids to private schools, then the money that would go to the public schools should go to the parents so they can use the money to pay for private schools.