On Monday, Oct. 25, Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president, received varied reactions after promoting an article saying that parents do not have the right to design their children’s school curriculum.
“Great piece on parents’ rights and #publicschools,” said the head of one of the most influential teachers unions in response to The Washington Post’s report.
“Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum,” read the contentious headline. “They don’t.”
While parents have some influence in their children’s education, the authors claim that “[t]he sudden push for parental rights … isn’t a response to substantive changes in education or the law. It’s a political tactic.”
In the article, parental efforts to shape what their children are taught in school are “paranoid,” and parents are in a “frenzy,” about it. In addition, the authors see parental participation as a barrier to youngsters “[thinking] for themselves.”
The objection to the critical racial theory is referred to as “white racial grievance,” in the piece. Parents unhappy with public schools can stop their children’s participation and pay to send them to a private school.
“Parents are our partners,” Weingarten had tweeted 10 minutes before.
According to Professor Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire, the latest movement results from a long-running Republican tactic of inciting White racial resentment.
“[T]his play is much bigger than education. For years, the Republican Party has understood that the demographic tide is against it,” they stated according to Fox News.
Weingarten’s post has received over 900 replies, with roughly 390 shares and 94 likes, by Tuesday, Oct. 26.
According to Tina Descovich, a Brevard school board member and co-founder of Moms for Liberty, parental participation boosts grades and test results.
Parents “have the fundamental right and the responsibility to direct the upbringing, education and care of our children.” So Descovich claimed, according to Daily Caller.
“There is no school board policy or union leader that can change that,” she added.
Internet users also expressed their rejection of the tweet.
“I can’t imagine thinking that this argument helps you,” wrote one person.
“Defund teachers’ unions,” said research director for the American Federation of Children Corey A. DeAngelis.