The architect of The New York Times’ anti-American “1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones, admitted in a weekend interview that left-wing educators have no intention of inviting parents into the classroom when it comes to their children’s curricula.
“I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught,” Jones said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I’m not a professional educator, I don’t have a degree in social studies.”
Jones, the same writer whose signature project is riddled with so many “errors and distortions” that the National Association of Scholars demanded that the Pulitzer board revoke her award, has watched her project be incorporated into at least 4,500 classrooms nationwide.
In the same interview on Sunday, Jones touted her project as a “great learning tool for students.”
The heart of Jones’ message, however, that parents ought to blindly hand over their children’s education to the state, often goes unmentioned by the left-wing ideologues who have taken over K-12 schools, and Virginia’s red wave in November shows why.
When former Virginia Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was running for the office again, pledged on the September debate stage, “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” in defense of teacher choice, it became the gaffe that defined the race and doomed his well-funded campaign.
Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin seized the moment that revealed the true intent behind the leftists who’ve run government education for decades and produced a generation of aggressively woke children in the absence of Republican leadership on the issue.
After the center-right Republican made parental choice a hallmark of the GOP campaign, Youngkin ultimately captured the governor’s mansion in a state that President Joe Biden had carried by 10 points less than a year prior. It was the first time a Republican won statewide in more than a decade in the commonwealth, which had been trending blue, and Republicans won big, landing the top three statewide offices along with a majority in the House of Delegates. As Democrats double-down on their dominance in schools, adding insult to injury with constant closures, obsessive and unnecessarily COVID protocols, and racist elements of critical race theory in the classroom, what happened in Virginia will be a repeat across the nation next year. Conservatives already celebrated victories in school board races beyond Virginia last November.
Another reason the left conceals its desire to manipulate school curriculums without parental input is the homeschooling revolution it’s produced.
Census data shows more than 11 percent of U.S. households are now homeschooling, with 2.6 million kids making the switch since the pandemic began, according to an analysis from the Bellwether Education Partners.
While undoubtedly driven by pandemic woes, the removal of parental involvement is almost certain to exacerbate an exodus from government schools.