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The Michigan Democratic Party decided it was a great idea to post a meme on its Facebook page on Saturday that informed concerned parents their children are not in public schools to learn just what they think is fit for them… they are there to learn what “society needs them to know.”
“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 choose to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire,” read the now-deleted post.
“The purpose of a public education in a public school is not to teach kids only what parents want them to be taught. It is to teach them what society needs them to know. The client of the public schools is not the parent, but the entire community, the public,” the post continued. It was reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s “It Takes a Village” mantra.
The post ostensibly conveys that parents have no right to dictate what is taught to their children in public schools. It also purportedly contends that those in control will teach the kids what they should know via the federal government. The words echo the message that was voiced by former Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Democrats should absolutely run with this. All the way to the end. pic.twitter.com/Bi8y8PepYF
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) January 17, 2022
The message appeared on “The Official Facebook Page of the Michigan Democratic Party.” It states that the page is controlled by the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee.
Massive blowback ensued after the post went viral and the Michigan Democratic Party belatedly deleted the post on Facebook, noting: “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. 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.”
A user kindly pointed out in a comment that Michigan law says something quite different from what the Democrats said in the original post.
Stephanie Buikema, who is an employee of Rockford Public Schools, cited Section 380.10 of the Michigan Revised School Code. The law states, “It is the natural, fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children. The public schools of this state serve the needs of the pupils by cooperating with the pupil’s parents and legal guardians to develop the pupil’s intellectual capabilities and vocational skills in a safe and positive manner.”
“Michigan Democratic Party,” Buikema wrote on Facebook, “you should familiarize yourselves with the document.”
The attempts to nix the post and cover up the Democrats’ true antipathy towards parents failed bigly:
“What society needs them to know” is not something high on my list of what educators should be teaching.
— Andrea E (@AAC0519) January 17, 2022
They’re saying this stuff outloud now..
— Doug (@Dlist777) January 17, 2022
They always felt that way. They are now saying it openly.
— SaltySaltLife (@deimos1999) January 17, 2022
Saw a teacher friend post this the other day to her Facebook, much to the delight of her fellow educators. The inability to “read the room” is staggering to behold.
— Gentleman Roadie (@GentlemanRoadie) January 17, 2022
Wow…just…wow. There is so much wrong here I don’t know where to begin.
But the overarching theme here seems to have nothing to do with the betterment of the student which is…concerning. At best.
— GinaNdTonic (@BGBandita) January 17, 2022
All your kids are belong to us https://t.co/6uTLfp3j0o
— doggo matt (@ShoeInTheBox) January 17, 2022
Now right there in the open, finally admitting a it’s not about education, but indoctrination.
— DickMull (@Dickymull8) January 17, 2022
I’ve seen this movie pic.twitter.com/pkGM7vlRW0
— The Virginia Project (@ProjectVirginia) January 17, 2022
I don’t even know where to begin. But I’ll end with “this is why we homeschool.”
— Angela Leontis Sager (@angelion7) January 17, 2022
Yes please! Run on this in every election!! Fastest way to school choice and no more teachers’ unions.
— alex s (@alexs16220804) January 17, 2022
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