Democrats And Teachers Unions Fight Against Curriculum Transparency Bills

Democrats are all about censorship when the ‘wrong people’ are on the receiving end. Take a look at Joe Rogan’s situation.

But with the growing parents’ movement and legislation being introduced in at least 12 states that would require curriculum transparency, now Democrats and their friends in the teachers unions are crying, you guessed it, ‘censorship.’

Currently, under federal law, parents are allowed to request a review of their child’s curriculum if their school is federally funded – meaning most, if not all, public schools.

Republicans and parents have been pushing bills for legislation to allow schools to publish their curriculum online.

Some Democrats and teachers are in dismay at the idea of allowing parents to view what’s happening in schools. 

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The COVID Lockdowns: What are they?

COVID-19 lockdowns and “virtual learning” seems to have backfired for the teachers unions. While parents worked from home, they had ample opportunity to look over their childrens’ shoulders to see what was going on in class.

The people didn’t like the results and took action. A bill was introduced in Missouri by Doug Richey, which would have required schools to upload curriculums online.

Democrats are opposed to the idea. 

Richey’s “Parents’ Bill of Rights” would also enable parents to receive a notification if a teacher plans on teaching a topic that might be labeled “divisive or controversial.” This includes any clash with a “parent’s belief that all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, or ancestry, should be treated equally.” 

Of the bill, Richey stated, “Parents have a fundamental right, responsibility and authority when it comes to their children.” He added that if schools are “doing things right,” they should have nothing to fear from the bill.

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Democrats Fighting Transparency

Fear has been generated by the Democrats and teachers’ unions over the idea that parents should have complete knowledge about what their children are learning. Missouri House Democrats have of course come out swinging against Richey’s bill, and all of a sudden ‘censorship’ is concern number one.

Democrat Rep. and former teacher Paula Brown says that Richey is “just setting people up to be in court.” She added,”Make no mistake: these bills are an attack on Missouri students. They have the right to learn in classrooms free from censorship.”

Another Democrat Rep. and former teacher Maggie Nurrenburn echoed Brown’s statements. She called the bill a,”Trojan horse to destroy quality education. These laws would create a chilling effect on teachers who would be afraid to teach anything remotely related to banned curriculum.”

A curriculum transparency bill for Michigan was also introduced in Michigan this week. Michigan Department of Education Board Vice President Pamela Pugh slammed the bill being introduced there: “There’s more than meets the eye at the root of these divisive, manufactured, chaotic bills that are being proposed. It’s scare tactics and intimidation meant to cause mass chaos, mass confusion, and disruption to our education system.”

But the line of the day comes from Michigan fifth grade teacher Ingrid Fournier who pleaded, “We’re not the enemy. But where is the trust? Just trust us.”

If you have to ask parents to “trust” you not to indoctrinate their children, chances are you are indoctrinating their children.

Be trustworthy, but be sure to verify. What’s wrong with that?

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The Parents Are Not Enough

Loudon County Virginia was the first place parents went to for information about their children’s education. Glenn Youngkin was elected Governor. He pledged to end the use of CRT in schools, which was a key campaign promise.

He signed an executive order prohibiting CRT from Virginia schools on his first day of office. He also banned schools from mandating masks. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced his state’s Parents’ Bill of Rights last June, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott proposed something similar last month.

Democrats will continue to say things like Philadelphia teachers’ union President Jerry Jordan, who stated:

“The shameful truth of racism, both historically and today, must be taught. And as a society we must not just teach it, but do all we can to collectively dismantle the systems that have long failed Black and brown people.”

But parents like Ian Prior, executive director of parents’ group Fight For Schools, are fighting back,

“The far left went from saying that there is no critical race theory or gender identity grooming in schools, to now trying to hide what is going on in schools. That tells you all one needs to know about what is happening in America’s classrooms.”Government is supposed to be transparent except in very limited circumstances. Parents shouldn’t need a security clearance to see what their children are learning in the schools that the parents pay for with their tax dollars.”