Parents Just Don’t Understand

Posted on May 22, 2012 by


Educational elitists, feeling the squeeze of parental awakening, budget cuts and conservative governors, are tipping their hand. Representatives from two state teachers’ unions are on the record: They know better than parents, particularly lower-income parents, what’s best for their kids.First from Michigan, a bastion of educational success:

During a Michigan House Education Committee hearing earlier this month, Debbie Squires, director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle Schools Principals Association, told members that while parents may have have the best intentions, they may not know what‘s best for their children’s education.

“[Educators] are the people who know best about how to serve children, that’s not necessarily true of an individual resident,” Squires said. “I‘m not saying they don’t want the best for their children, but they may not know what actually is best from an education standpoint.”

That prompted a retort from Chairman Thomas McMillin: “Wow, parents don‘t know what’s best for their child…”

Squires responded by saying again that parents might want what’s best for their children, but might not have the capability to know.

And then in Louisiana where Governor Bobby Jindal is working hard to give parents greater educational choice:

According to Dr. Michael Walker Jones of the Louisiana Association of Educators, low-income parents “don’t have a clue” when it comes to making decisions about their children’s education. Last week, in an interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, he stated: “If I’m a parent in poverty, I have no clue because I’m trying to struggle and live day-to-day.”

There you have it. The profession that boasts the least competent, literate, or rigorous major of almost any college’s program offerings knows better than you and I what’s in the best interest of our children. This goes double if you don’t make enough money to be considered respectable. The worst part about this is that most Americans, poor or not, have fully given in to the soft tyranny of the experts. We are our own worst enemies, and our children’s too. The teachers say it, so it must be true.

Take it from them, parents just don’t understand.

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