Michigan’s Democratic Party Lashes Out At Parental Rights in Public Education…Then Retracts Message

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There seems to be a growing trend toward desperation for many in the Democratic Party. In the State of Michigan, the Democratic Party faced some backlash this past weekend after they posted a message lashing out at parents for wanting to have a say win their children’s education on their Facebook page. They even indicated that parents should send their kids to private school if they really wanted to have a choice in their education.

The post had some heat in it and sparked enough interest that it caused a rare response from the Democrats. They made a retraction. By Monday, the Facebook account had a very different post uploaded. They stated that parents should play a role in education, and they deleted the first message.

Corey DeAngelis, a school choice advocate, made sure people were aware of what the Democratic Party of Michigan posted. He wrote, “Not sure where this ‘parents-should-control-what-is-taught-in-schools-because-they-are-our-kids’ is originating, but parents do have the option to send their kids to a hand-selected private school at their own expense if this is what they desire.”

The Party’s post had also lectured parents who were trying to declare their rights in their children’s education. It said that the purpose of public education in public schools was not to teach what parents wanted to be taught but to teach children what society needs them to know. The Facebook post declared that the client of public schools was not the parent, but the whole community, the public.

This message from Michigan’s Democrats is echoing the same message that came from Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate. This was the failed message that he used in his 2021 platform before losing the election. During a pre-election debate, McAuliffe said that he did not think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.

It didn’t take long for Glenn Youngkin, his GOP opponent, to take off in the polls and win the governor’s seat. And just this weekend, Youngkin signed 11 executive orders with some of them focused on public education. He has already begun fulfilling campaign promises that respect parental rights in public education.

So it is understandable why the Democratic Party in Michigan would retract their post. They don’t want to see the same failure that was seen in Virginia.

Now, the Facebook page says that they deleted the post that ignored the important role parents should play in Michigan public schools. They believe that parents need to have a say in their children’s education.

“The post does not reflect the views of Michigan and should not be misinterpreted as a statement of support from our elected officials or candidates,” the post added.

Most people are not buying the retraction or the new posts. Many believe that it is just the party coming to the realization that they had been too honest about their intentions in public education. The real sentiment is that if parents don’t like it, they can pay for their kids to go to a private school.

This is the trend expressed by progressive Democrats across the nation. In fact, one far-left person wrote a column that said in the name of equity, we should do away with the idea of “parenthood” altogether.

Chris Gustafson, a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, told Fox News that incumbent Democrat Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer should act on what was posted. If she doesn’t, he said that Whitmer should admit that she believes teachers’ unions should control public education, not parents.