Gaffes are one thing, but President Joe Biden’s recent comments about the education of children is something that no individual with half a brain would even think. Not even a fluttering thought that was gone in an instant.
During the 2022 Teacher of the Year ceremony hosted by the White House on Wednesday, President Biden had the audacity to say children don’t belong to parents “when they’re in the classroom.”
“They’re all our children. And the reason you’re the teachers of the year is because you recognize that. They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom,” he said.
Later in his speech, Biden took a jab at Republicans and the parent movements in local school districts that have fought to remove from libraries and curricula books that promote radical gender and racial ideologies.
“There are too many politicians trying to score political points trying to ban books, even math books. Did you ever think when you’d be teaching you’re going to be worried about book burnings and banning books all because it doesn’t fit somebody’s political agenda?” Biden said.
Unfortunately Biden’s comments are too reminiscent of many Democratic leaders and public school systems across the country who genuinely believe they are better models for children than their own parents.
As National Review notes, “The comments struck a similar tone to that of former Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, when he made his now infamous remark last year that parents should not be involved in K–12 public education.”
On the campaign trail, he declared at a debate: “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions. I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Republicans and Democrats are battling the morality of what is being taught to children in the classroom and are taking it to legislation. “Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, for instance, recently signed the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits instruction of sexual education and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, deferring to parents to decide how and when to teach their children about such sensitive topics” writes National Review.
National Review gave more insight on the battle:
The parental-choice rhetoric has angered many progressives for its efficacy at the ballot box, given that is has persuaded many moderates too. Last week, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace compared parental-rights legislation to the “war tactics” of Russians who “get their soldiers to rape children by dehumanizing them.” Similarly, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten suggested last week that these Republican-backed measures amount to “propaganda” and “misinformation,” claiming “this is the way in which wars start.”
Most Americans and Florida residents, regardless of political affiliation, support the Parental Rights in Education law, a recent survey found.