“Parents Shouldn’t Have a Say in What’s Taught in Schools”

Writer of The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, said over the weekend she did not grasp the concept that guardians must have a vote on whatever their kids should be taught in the classroom.

She was echoing remarks previously made this year by failed Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who said guardians shouldn’t have the authority to make decisions on whatever their kids are taught in the classrooms.

During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hannah-Jones stated she is perplexed by the notion parents should have the authority to determine what their children are taught.

Agreeing with Terry McAuliffe

She does not hold a professional teaching certificate; she also does not hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject areas or a scientific degree.

Parents send their kids to school because they just want them to be educated by individuals knowledgeable in the subject areas of which they are studying.

She made her remarks following former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s statements.

McAuliffe, who was defeated in the state’s gubernatorial race by Republican Glenn Youngkin last month, stated during a discussion with his Republican opponent that parents should never dictate what students should be taught in schools.

At the time of her interview on NBC, Hannah-Jones alluded to McAuliffe’s statements, saying the Democrat’s words are “simply the facts” of the matter.

That’s why we take our kids to school, rather than homeschooling them, she explained, since teachers are experienced educators who have the skills to teach social studies, history, science, and literature, among other subjects.

Hannah-Jones believes it is something that should be left to the educators. Indeed, parents should have a say in the matter.

However, school is not only about reinforcing the worldview of one’s parents. Schools should instill a sense of skepticism in us. They should instruct us on how to think, rather than what to think.

The 1619 Project

As Hannah-Jones reported for the New York Times in 2019, the 1619 Project asserts racism was at the heart of America’s creation.

It also claims 1619, the year in which the first slave ships came from Africa, should indeed be regarded as the country’s genuine starting year, rather than 1776.

Critics have called the project inaccurate and fabricated. Meanwhile, several state authorities have prohibited teaching the literature in school systems as part of broader limitations on the classroom instruction of critical race theory.

The theory asserts racial minorities are treated unfairly, and white people are aggressors. Several academics have praised the project. Hannah-Jones claims any efforts to restrict her art from being displayed in classrooms are an example of measures to stifle free expression.

However, by making such a statement, she’s also indirectly saying parents’ right to choose for their children should be stifled.