As we wrote earlier this week, the COVID pandemic has helped expose for parents across the country a lot about the attitude that state and national teachers unions have in carrying out the education of our children. The debate in many states over how the Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been another major factor in opening parents’ eye about what’s really going on.
The question “Whose children are they?” is borrowed from a group apparently originating in California advertising a documentary on this subject. The question seems to capture well the sentiment people have when they examine the conflict going on in our schools over what our children are being taught and who ultimately are making the critical decisions on our children’s education.
It came to a head in the 2021 Virginia Governor’s race when Democrat Terry McAuliffe made the statement during a gubernatorial debate: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” McAuliffe went on to lose.
That shocked and opened the eyes of many people across the country who had started to suspect something was going on in education different from their childhood experience but couldn’t quite put their finger on it.
The CRT debate and questions over masking mandates and in-person learning have served to pull back the curtain to let people see the brute power of state teachers unions (here in NC embodied by the NCAE). People are beginning to ask questions about just what our children and grandchildren being taught? Who makes the decisions on what they’re being taught? And who are these folks doing the teaching?
A parent in Cabarrus County went before his local school board recently and questioned the direction his children’s schools were taking on CRT education.
He said to the board: “I’m biracial. I’m bilingual. I’m multicultural. The fact is in America, in North Carolina, I can do anything I want and I teach that to my children. And the person who tells my little pecan-colored kids that they are somehow oppressed based on the color of their skin would be absolutely wrong and absolutely at war with me. And I think that is the same for every parent.”
“The parents,” Brian Echevarria, went on to say “the most powerful group of people in our country… are taking back the wheel….” And declared CRT to be a “big fat lie.”
“If you believe in CRT,” Echevarria said, “I want to tell you that you are a liar. Because that means that you look at your black neighbor and say that they’re oppressed and you look at your white neighbor and say that they are evil regardless of the experience that you’ve had with them.”
That kind of sentiment is making for a powerful voice at a time when parents are waking up to the agendas of education administrators and the powerful teachers unions.
We will continue watching to see where this debate takes us. Hopefully, the raw nerves exposed by the COVID pandemic will die down as mask mandates fade away with the virus’ deadly impact. Will questions about CRT re-emerge?
We will see if parents continue to monitor the actions and decisions made by state and local school boards that determine the education of their children.
And it will interesting to see – if government ends up making the decisions that controls the education of our children?
Or is it the parents?