News – Conservatives must make education a campaign issue

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It doesn’t stop. In Portland, OR, the kindergarten curriculum includes an anatomy lesson featuring “graphic drawings of children’s genitals.The words “boy” and “girl” are avoided in favor of “person with a penis” and “person with a vulva”, since, depending on the program, girls can have penises and boys can have vulvas. At a college in West Chester, Pennsylvania, boys were encouraged to wear robes during the school’s Pride Month celebrations. And at a college in New York, students are encouraged to keep a list of all “microaggressionsthey witnessed – both at school and at home.

And while children are indoctrinated into cults of gender and critical race theory, their traditional learning has become an afterthought. According to the latest national assessment of progress in education, the national bulletin, only 37% of US public high school students are proficient in reading and 24% proficient in math. Additionally, proficiency is only 22% in science and a pathetic 12% in US history. This is pre-COVID data, and we can only guess how awful the scores will be after prolonged union-orchestrated school closures.

The good news is that the American people have finally woken up to the abuse. A May poll by the American Federation of Teachers found that 39% of voters said they had more confidence in Republicans when it comes to education, compared to 38% for Democrats. While the Republican edge isn’t exactly overwhelming, it is still significant, as the Democrats have always prevailed in public opinion due to the perception that they are the party of education. Like the American Enterprise Institute Rick Hess notes, “Broad Democratic support for increased education spending, outspoken embrace of public education, and strong ties to teachers’ unions and the education establishment have generally added to a considerable advantage, which has become more important in the last decades as education took on a more visible national profile.

But now that Democrats and teachers’ unions are associated with the CRT and the promotion of gender worship, the zeitgeist changes. As The 74 years Kevin Mahnken notes, the AFT survey clearly indicates that respondents from some of the biggest political battlegrounds of 2022 are receptive to arguments made by Republicans.

The AFT poll also found that 60% of voters in states with competitive Senate races this year “are unhappy with the way racial issues are taught in schools.” On sexual issues, 58% were dissatisfied with the way schools treat them.

AFT President Randi Weingarten has consistently vilified Republicans for bringing politics into the classroom. But most poll respondents disagree, saying Democrats are “more responsible for the politicization of education (and making education too big a part of the culture war)” than Republicans, 33% to 28%.

After her took note of the results of the survey, Weingarten veered off topic by praising the teachers. “AFT members were on the front lines of the first wave of the pandemic, but in many ways the past year has been even more difficult,” she said. “Whether it’s the mask wars, the culture wars, the war on truth or the devastation in Uvalde, members have sacrificed and fought and carried their schools and students through the darkest days. hardest in their lives.”

Considering his union was at the center of the Covid-related school closures and the promotion of the CRT, his words are nonsense. Or as Tiffany Justice, founder of Moms for Liberty (a group whose goal is to organize, educate and empower parents) said of Weingarten, “She’s an arsonist who (sic) pretends to be a firefighter.

The AFT survey is not an outlier. A poll conducted by the Democrats for Education Reform – a centre-left party – shows that 47% said they trusted Republicans more on education issues versus 43% who favored the Democrats. In addition, about 90% of respondents said education has become too politicized. The DFER survey, which interviewed 800 likely voters in 62 hotly contested congressional districts where control of the House of Representatives could very well be decided this fall, also finds that among black and Latino battleground voters, “Democrats only lead by 5 percentage points on the generic ballot, having won them in 2018 by 82 and 36 points, respectively.

Also a recent Gallup poll found 43% of Democrats say they have “a lot” or “somewhat” confidence in public schools, compared to only 14% of Republicans. That’s down from 48% and 34%, respectively, in a poll from early 2020. Looking through a longer lens, in 1973, 61% Republicans and 60% Democrats had “a lot” or “somewhat” confidence in public schools. Overall, Americans’ trust in US public schools has plummeted, with only 28% saying they have a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the institution.

Due to the radical educational program and unpopular and unnecessary school closures, students are escape the government education plantation in record numbers. Seattle schools have their lowest enrollment numbers in a decade. More than 28,000 fewer students are expected to attend New York City schools this fall, New York mayor says Eric Adams say, “We have a haemorrhage of families leaving town, leaving the school system. Los Angeles lost 4.8% of its public school students in 2020-2021, and another 6 percent during the 2021-2022 school year, despite the reopening of schools. San Diego public schools have seen a similar decline in enrollment over the past two years. These losses exceeded earlier projections of declining enrollment due to changing demographics. In California, registrations fell below 6 million for the first time in 2 decades.

If Republicans play their cards right, the decaying public school culture could lead to changes at the ballot box. As Kenny Codysays the chairman of the Republican Party in Cocke County, Tennessee, establishment Republicans typically campaign on core issues such as lower taxes and inflation, as well as an anti-interventionist foreign policy, control of immigration, etc.

But GOPers definitely need to engage in the culture wars. And some luckily did. Maybe Republican Glen Youngkin’s victory as governor in mostly blue Virginia, last November is a harbinger of things to come. He tapped into parental outrage over school closures and the proliferation of CRTs using the rallying cry “Parents Matter”. The loser was establishment Democrat Terry McAuliffe who stuck to the Democratic playbook, repeated teachers’ union talking points and was dismissive of parents.

There were even rumblings on the far left in San Francisco in February, when three extremist school board members were recalled and each was in a landslide. The recall was almost exclusively a Democratic effort in which many liberals were pushed too far and Asian Americans were galvanized. Prolonged school closures, a buffoonish effort to rename schools, an attempt to move away from using achievement as a metric for admission to a top-ranking school, a hideous achievement gap, a huge deficit budget, not to mention the use of racial slurs in an anti-Asian rant is definitely not a winning issue for the right people of any ethnicity or political stripe.

Finally, academic freedom is an issue that Republican candidates should embrace. A RealClear Opinion Research Survey in February found that 72% of respondents supported the school choice, with only 18% opposed. The results didn’t vary much by race, with 77% Hispanic, 72% White, 70% Black and 66% Asian expressing support. By embracing educational freedom, Republicans would show minorities that the GOP is still Lincoln’s party.

While the race on traditional issues must not be abandoned, Republicans must also hammer Democrats on education issues. If they do, the political landscape in the United States could change dramatically. Ask Glen Youngkin.

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