Many of us remember the moment when Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 Presidential race. It was not on election night. It was when she characterized a broad swath of American voters as “deplorables.”

I believe a similar event took place recently in the 2021 Virginia governor race when ”tired old Terry” McAuliffe so incredibly blundered into the following statements: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach ” and "I'm not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision.”

What extraordinary arrogance! What liberal extremism! Our children do not belong to the governor or the schools. They belong to their parents, who are responsible for shaping their character and guiding their maturation. It is when parents fail to oversee institutions such as our school systems, hold them accountable, and ensure they are teaching responsibly, that catastrophe is at hand.

We shall see what happens. But McAuliffe’s demeaning and categorical insult to parents disqualified him from a return to the Executive Mansion and convinced me that Glenn Youngkin deserves my vote and the support of any Virginian concerned with the future of our society.

Lou Knapp

Frederick County 

(40) comments

Lou Knapp

Interesting dialogue, but missing some perspective. I propose that the commentators be sorted into two groups. Those who have children or grandchildren in today's schools, and hence have "skin in the game". And those who don't.. For the record, yours truly has two children, both of whom are teachers. And six grandchildren.

john brown

Why does teaching the truth scare the right wing white nationalist republicans so?

That Lee was a sorry general and a mean inhumane slave owner. That the Captain John Brown was the true "freedom fighter' of his times. "The truth will set you free!" That American history did indeed begin in 1619 as oppose to 1776. The truth!

Old Western Man

[rolleyes] an academic argument could be made for 1492, 1607, or 1776, but certainly not for the 1619 fantasy.

Happy (actual) Columbus Day! [beam]

john brown

Maybe I should have explained the beginning of Virginia history....and 1492 is history of the Caribbean as far as columbus is concerned.

Old Western Man

[rolleyes] as educated children in Virginia know, 1607 is the founding.

As educated children in the Americas know, 1492 marks the first contact of lasting consequence between the Old World of Europe and the New World of the Americas of which the Caribbean (named for those delightfully friendly and cultured indigenous Caribs) is a part of.

Stick around though troll, even your stunted mind may eventually learn some "Truths".

john brown

"founding" of what? For a large percentage of our fellow Americans, their journey here began in 1619. You would not know the truth if your messiah tRump spewed it our mistakenly.

john brown

Oh, and I for one would never believed anything a person who would champion a person that lied over 30,000 times would say....that would be you "old white man"

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Wait, nothing of note happened in 1619?

john brown

Seems lou has the "vapors" ...oh my!

john brown

Really? That's all you got? Terry is right. Only an imbecile would promote parents designing the curriculum for their specific child in public schools. If you want that, home school. If not, get out of the way of the academic professionals.

Old Western Man

[rolleyes] only an imbecile would posit a response to an argument that literally nobody has made, but then again it's you. (shrug)

Challenging extremist and controversial CRT racism is hardly a demand that parents be allowed to design a curriculum for their specific child in public schools. Nice lie.

Bose-Einstein

Any more than an imbecile would posit that the teaching of actual history is extremist and controversial. Shall we just say that the burning, looting and massacre in Tulsa in 1921 was just some good old boys on a weekend jag? Even in Germany, they teach about the holocaust to ensure it never happens again.

Old Western Man

[lol] we've all become quite familiar with your ilk's "actual" history.

As usual, ever ready with a straw man. Nobody denies teaching American/World history's many unpleasant events to include your choice Tulsa massacre of 1921.

Why not Tuskegee from 1932-1972 though?

Or the M.S. St. Louis of 1939?

Or Wounded Knee of 1891?

Or Los Angeles' mass lynching of 1871?

Or Ebenezer Creek of 1864?

The list is virtually endless Bigot-E. Your moral preening is... boring.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Ironically, @OldWhiteMan proved a very good point. Those events are rarely found in school curricula, mostly due to the highly racialized nature of their circumstances. Fans of the 1776 Project would prefer those to stay under wraps because they show America in a not-so-brilliant light.

Doc Samson

"mostly due to the highly racialized nature of their circumstances..."

Oh, really? Proof is forthcoming, yes? [rolleyes][lol]

Bose-Einstein

Got it. In a class of 25 students we can have 25 different SOL's.

Old Western Man

Solid philosophical ground for conservatives/libertarians to fight upon. The progressives/statists would prefer nothing more than to completely circumvent parental influence, nationalizing public education (indoctrination) and grooming ideological wards of the State.

Old Western Man

Isn't it interesting how the same citizenry that is sufficiently capable of selecting its political representatives, is also somehow wholly incapable of evaluating and culling extremist and controversial subject matter (such as the many iterations of marxist Critical Theory), that its children are being indoctrinated with.

Bose-Einstein

Geez OWM,suck it up and cite where in the current Standards of Learning there is the Marxist boogie man. Chapter and verse will do.

Old Western Man

[rolleyes] reading comprehension clearly isn't your strong suit. shock [lol]

Again, nobody mentioned SOLs Boring-E. I'll type really slow and loud just for you though, C-R-I-T-I-C-A-L T-H-E-O-R-Y.

Doc Samson

@OWM - They don't have any other criteria to ask for because when parents, students, and teachers are stating exactly what they are being subjected to... well, suddenly eyewitness accounts aren't good enough...

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Can you define Critical Theory?

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Showing that America isn't perfect is now indoctrination? Maybe we should apply the "1776 Project" goals of displaying American exceptionalism?

Doc Samson

"Showing that America isn't perfect is now indoctrination?"

Who said that? Mr. Irrelevant STRIKES AGAIN!!! [lol]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

...living rent free in the uncrowded apartment that is your mind...

Catherine Giovannoni

Does the author of this insult-filled letter really believe that "a broad swath" of Americans are "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, [and] Islamaphobic"? Because that what Hillary Clinton said. She said that racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and Islamaphobia are deplorable. She was right. Those things are deplorable. In fact, a majority of Americans voted for Hillary Clinton in part because we, too, find those philosophies deplorable. Similarly, most Virginians understood Terry McAuliffe's comment that curriculum experts should determine what is taught in our public schools. Parents are then free to talk to their children about what they are taught and to further their education at home. We reasonably know that we're not experts in every subject taught in school. And we're focused on the progress Virginia Democrats have made, not on the made-up boogey man of "Critical Race Theory." As Hillary Clinton said, racism is deplorable.

Robina5

Very well stated, Mr. Knapp. McAuliffe was a very mediocre governor the first time around as well. HIs glaring parental mis-statements show complete arrogance, and he should not be given the chance to carry them out.

john brown

so says someone who is not even mediocre .... are you a Big Lie believer? You sure sound like one.

slowe

Many parents are not well educated themselves. Many parents want to constrain or limit what their children are exposed to - even facts - as a way to brainwash them - yes parents brainwash their children!! Public schools are there to overcome ignorant, miseducated, biased, parents. AT lease for me that was true. Thanks to public school teachers I was exposed to facts and ideas that I would never have heard from my parents and family. Public schools opened up the world to the wealth of other ideas, other possibilities, other options than if my parents had controlled what they were allowed to teach. Teachers are smart, they are open minded and see the larger world than many parents. Public schools allow children to escape from the silos of thoughts and ideas of many parents. Let the well educated decide what comprises a good education, the curriculum, the ideas and books that students are exposed to. TRUST the TEACHERS.

TonyR

If we all did exactly as our parents did we would still be burning witches at the stake. Some parents are far more enlightened that others. Some parents value education while others want rigid indoctrination. Parents have the opportunity to vote for school board candidates whose judgement they trust - at least while we are still having elections. Virginia offers home schooling for those who want total control over the curriculum. Terry McAuliffe will protect students from low information and/or retrograde parents that wish only to disrupt the educational process.

slowe

YES TonyR. Well said.

Doc Samson

Pr0g-Leftists ALWAYS place state authority above the family. Unfortunately, many families are content with that...

Old Western Man

Exactly right Mr. Knapp! [thumbup][thumbup]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

So are you suggesting that parents submit to Richmond what they will and will not accept on the Standards of Learning? Or should every lesson come with an opt-in or -out option? That just devalues to purpose of a comprehensive education if it is based on the whims of parents, hence the reason educational professionals determine the standards in much the same way that construction workers don't make building codes.

Doc Samson

Mr. Irrelevant to the rescu... er, whatever... [yawn]

With no stakeholders in this fight, your opinion is less than worthless. Run along...

john brown

and you have a stakeholder in this argument ....I feel sorry for them.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

What stakeholder do you have? Nothing?

Doc Samson

I have several, goober. [beam]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

That's sad for them., "Doc"

Doc Samson

Your sympathy is woefully misplaced. But, back to the point, why are you commenting when you have exactly ZERO vested interest? Oh, that's right! You need to keep struggling to achieve "relevancy'. Mission Failed. [lol]

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