Believe in public education? Don’t vote for Youngkin.

If you’ve seen his recent ad, he shows a clip of his opponent saying, “I don’t think parents should be telling teachers what to teach.” There’s a key problem; Younkin believes that professional educators with college degrees should be directed by, well, anyone regardless of background, training, or level of education.

More disturbing, he wants curricula to only include things that make people feel good. For example, despite the overwhelming evidence that the perpetuation of slavery drove the secession movement, he’d label that “critical race theory” and ban it, or “empower parents” to ban it.

But what does actual history say? The first sentence in Mississippi’s secession ordinance says “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery.” Texas’s says that too, further emphasizing that Black people are “ ... rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race … ”

In March 1861, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America Alexander Stephens declared in a public speech that the new Confederacy’s “ ... corner-stone rests upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man, that slavery, subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.”

The end of slavery was followed by another century of legal racial segregation. As recently as 1967 the Supreme Court finally invalidated Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act, which was still being enforced.

I firmly believe progress comes through honest conversations about uncomfortable topics while sticking one’s head in the sand results in intellectual and societal stagnation. Youngkin couldn’t disagree more.

Jay Gillispie

Stephens City

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What is truly disturbing is all the leftist posting here about how their fellow leftists should be able to train our children to be Napoleon's puppies (ref. Animal Farm) who will turn on their parents and tear apart our social fabric. To paraphrase the leader of Animal farm, "All humans are equal, some humans are more equal than others..."

Spock Here

Whatever the causes, it remains a fact that the south lost. Along with acknowledging that fact, we need to acknowledge the bad parts of this country's history, as well as the good. That's just common sense, not "marxist." gawdalmighty.


Nothing wrong with that Spock. Just realize when we apply today's standards to our ancestors none of them would pass muster, and had we been there instead could we honestly say we would not have been a part of it? Study history as it happened, and learn from jt, period. Some day our generations may be judged negatively as well.


Oh my you mean Younkin is a slavery advocate too? Wow. By the way, ever read Lincoln's thoughts on racial equality during the 1858 campaign, and his "ultimate" solution of (in his words) "colonizing" blacks out of the country? Since Alexander Stephens' remarks are often quoted as well, it must mean everyone in the south agreed with him, just like today when we all agree with vice presidents (Cheney, Biden, Harris, etc)

john brown

huh? lay off the smoke


Can't stand the smoke (truth) leave the room. I KNOW my CW history, studying it for 60 years and being curator of a CW museum for 10.


What museum do you curate?

Doc Samson

@jps - [lol] [thumbup]

john brown

Make the traitor tRump and his sycophant youngkin blue...

Vote Blue down the ballot!


CRT, or Critical Race Theory, is NOT and has never been part of any school curriculum in Virginia! Those who use this as a rallying cry for parental rights - to dictate what teachers should teach in schools- are both ignorant and inflammatory.

I’m betting that not one of those who beat this drum can intelligently explain what Critical Race Theory is - nor can they point to any school where this is “taught”.

You may also try to explain how “Marxism” and CRT can be used in the same sentence!


Marymac - you may well be a caring grandparent but you are sadly misinformed and blatantly wrong about what is at stake in our schools.

I’m betting that you have never read the Virginia code on the role of school boards in Virginia - see:

What Glenn Youngkin and every intelligent Virginian wants is for school boards to do their jobs in accordance with the code to provide citizen oversight of the experts to insure that the abuses that have occurred in Loudon and Fairfax counties are rooted out. This is what our system is founded on - government for the people by the people. You ma’am are no EXPERT!

BTW, if you paid any attention to what’s happening in Frederick County schools you would know the CRT aka Deep Equity is the handbook being used to indoctrinate administrators and teachers on how to indoctrinate students.


@Wthomasson You seem the think you are the expert here. Do you know what the true Critical Race Theory is? You assume everyone else doesn't, so how about you enlighten all of us on CRT? You can ask Glenn Youngkin for help, I am sure he knows what it is. After you enlighten us on CRT, then enlighten us on the goals of the Deep Equity Program. Then explain to us what the writers of the Declaration of Independence stated: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal --?"


@JonLF aka John Toliver John, have you read any of Gary R. Howard’s books? He is the guru at the forefront of this modern day effort to teach CRT aka Deep Equity. I have read 2of his books : “We Can’t Teach What we Don’t Know, “ and “We Can’t Lead Where We Won’t Go: An Educator’s Guide to Equity.” The latter is the text that is being used in Frederick County Schools. I think if read them you would better understand why I have and will continue to express concerns about the use of this text in our schools.

Doc Samson

Well said! Unfortunately, there aren't many teachers who are capable of critical thought. I've sat in so many race and equity meetings where the majority just sit there and bob their heads along with whatever ridiculous ideas are being pushed, never questioning a word... [sad]


Please explain how your cited law puts critical race theory or Deep Equity into the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Old Western Man

Mr. Gillespie’s disturbingly myopic view of history

There is nothing radical about the notion that a public service such as education remain answerable to the constituents/taxpayers who foot the bill for the service, at least not in America. Nobody is suggesting that parents develop the curricula, but the curricula does have to pass muster and radical hate-filled marxist content such as CRT has no place. Youngkin has made no such claims about only teaching things that make people feel good, contrary to your assertion.

As to your projection, the “causes” of secession have been under debate since 1860. You cite MS and TX secession ordinances, but omit VA’s which is different in both tone and substance having cited conditional reserved powers proclaimed in VA’s ratification declaration. The North’s offered Corwin amendment further undermines your position, as it was an offer to constitutionally protect the institution of slavery in exchange for the seceded states remaining in Union, and yet the South wasn’t compelled even with such assurance of what would have ironically become the 13th amendment. The South had held power through the early years of the republic, but could clearly see that they were going to lose that standing as the nation continued to expand westward. While slavery is a clear point of factional contention and its preservation/abolition may have been the primary cause for some, it is factually wrong to present it as THE cause for all. The South wanted Independence above all else while the North demanded fealty to Union, slavery remained a negotiable instrument for both North and South to those ends.

“We sincerely trust that the Southern people will be found willing to make any and every sacrifice of which the establishment of our independence may require. Let it never be said that to preserve slavery we were willing to wear the chains of bondage ourselves – that the very avarice which prompted us to hold on to the negro for the sake of money invested in him, riveted upon us shackles more galling and bitter than a people ever yet endured. Let not slavery prove a barrier to our independence. If it is found in the way – if it proves an insurmountable obstacle to the achievement of our liberty and separate nationality, away with it! Let it perish! We must make up our minds to one solemn duty, the first duty of the patriot, and that is, to save ourselves from the rapacious North, WHATEVER THE COST.” - Jackson Mississippian after the fall of Vicksburg

Old Western Man

It has become fashionable in “educational” circles to cite this Alexander Stephens quote as some sort of sole oracle of the South, yet Lincoln’s well documented statements are omitted for Righteous Cause effect.

- “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or destroy slavery.”

- “…I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”

- “And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”

- “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.”

- “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”

- “I have never had the least apprehension that I or my friends would marry (blacks) if there was no law to keep them from it, but as Judge Douglas and his friends seem to be in great apprehension that they might, if there were no law to keep them from it, I give him the most solemn pledge that I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with (blacks).”

- “There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races … A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as an immediate separation is impossible, the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. If white and black people never get together in Kansas, they will never mix blood in Kansas…”

- “Our republican system was meant for a homogeneous people. As long as blacks continue to live with the whites they constitute a threat to the national life. Family life may also collapse and the increase of mixed breed bast***s may some day challenge the supremacy of the white man.”

- “Judge Douglas has said to you that he has not been able to get from me an answer to the question whether I am in favor of (black) citizenship. So far as I know, the Judge never asked me the question before. [Applause.] He shall have no occasion to ever ask it again, for I tell him very frankly that I am not in favor of (black) citizenship.”

- “I will add to this that I have never seen, to my knowledge, a man, woman or child who was in favor of producing a perfect equality, social and political, between (blacks) and white men.”

Maybe rather than attempting to cast political aspersions on candidates through weak inference, one should academically encumber oneself to have said honesty in conversations about difficult topics.


Maybe we should quit trying to live in the past and live for today and the future. The issue of slavery in the present no longer needs to exist. The Civil War resulted in maintaining One Union and abolishing slavery. What it didn't resolve is the issue of equality -- "the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities." The closest the Constitution comes to guaranteeing or advocating equality is the 14th Amendment's declaration that "the states must provide all people equal treatment under the law." Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. That clearly hasn't happened since the Civil War regardless of what one might think. Yet, the 14th Amendment guarantees the right to equality. Conservatives constantly argue loudly for the 2nd Amendment right to own a gun. Liberals constantly argue for the right of safety and equality. Conservatives constantly use the term equity synonomous with equality, but they are not synonomous. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. I strongly suspect that the writers of our Constitution we striving for something in between.

We all better unite together because in today's world the Chinese and Russian governments fully believe they are superior, don't care about equality, and would have no problem making we American's their slaves. United we live in a free country. Divided we are doomed to Communism or worse.

Old Western Man

A statement better served to the OP who poorly attempted to tie a current politician to his half-truth version of civil war history, and it is the Prog-Leftists that are at war with American history and won’t “let it go”. While "equality under the law" took far too long to achieve for many, it has largely been realized. Systemic racism and oppression no longer exist and haven't for quite some time, and the evidence is all around us. Equity of resources/opportunity however is an impossibility, a marxist utopia ever out of reach and always demanding that free people surrender more of their liberty to the State's "benevolence". The 2A is a right for all people, not just conservatives. It is gun control that has its genesis with Jim Crow and its Northern Black Code precedents. All sane and just people seek safety and support equality under the law, not just Iliberals. Conservatives do not use the terms equality and equity synonymously, as you have projected. As already expressed Equity is a far different objective than Equality, and neither were the Founders and Framers objective which was/is Liberty.

While absolutely correct concerning the Russian and Chinese States, unity will escape us so long as some of us continue to pursue the false god of Equity rather than the full human potential of Liberty.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ~ S. Adams


As a former educator with a Masters in Education Management, I found Asst Superintendents of Schools, seeking their PhDs, initiated progressive programs to enhance the curriculum. Mostly they were using these initiatives as the thesis for their PhDs, would then move on, leaving the school system in shambles. This is the liberal way. Schools need to return to the 3Rs and get rid of the "warm and fuzzy" programs. This is why SAT scores have plummeted in Winchester.

As to slavery, declarations of succession were written by political leaders of the Democrat Party and did include the preservation of slavery. However, 90% of the Confederate soldiers owned no slaves. They fought because the North invaded the South or they were conscripted. After the Civil War, the Democrat Party instituted Jim Crow Laws to continue control of the black population. This is very similar to what the Democrat Party does today. So, why put this party in power and in control of the Education System.

john brown

Now bring us to the present jim crow, confederate loving, white nationalist tRump republican party. All of the segregationists and white supremacists are proud tRump republicans, ask them. So rg, your tired and mostly incorrect interpretation of history is jsut more republican lies and to think, you say you were once a teacher. How many young minds did you damage with your half truths and out and out lies?

john brown

"This is very similar to what the Democrat Party does today." it really rg? President Barack Hussein Obama would be very surprised that the party that made him the first Black President was as you lie about them. Stay with the present rg.


Gosh, Masters in Education that is a bit telling and to the layman totally lame and pompous. So you blast back critical of those pursuing PhD's. Have we a credential envy thing going?


Can you show us how "warm and fuzzy" resulted in SOL test scores dropping? Correlate, please.

Catherine Giovannoni

Virginia's good economy is driven by Virginia's good educational system. Companies bring good jobs here because of our well-educated workforce. Glenn Youngkin's ill-advised tax breaks for rich people would defund our schools (and our police). His extremist policies would make it impossible for teachers to teach the truth. Just this week, he's come out in favor of banning books by Pulitizer-prize-winning American authors. Virginia doesn't need that kind of crack-pot extremism. In contrast, Terry McAuliffe has a detailed plan to continue to strengthen our public schools. Please vote for McAuliffe, Ayala, Herring, and local Democrats.


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Doc Samson

@Deus - [lol] Seriously! [thumbup]


She uses her real name, as do I. You, on the other hand..

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