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1619 Project Creator: Parents Should Not Decide What’s Being Taught’ In School

The 1619 Project Creator said she doesn’t understand the argument “that parents should decide what’s being taught” to their children in school on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

The 1619 project was created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a writer for The New York Times, and it promotes the idea that America’s ‘true founding’ occurred when slaves arrived in the colonies, framing the history of the country around race and slavery.

“I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught,” Hannah-Jones said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’m not a professional educator. I don’t have a degree in social studies or science,” she said.

“We send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have a expertise in the subject area, and that is not my job,” Hannah-Jones said.

During a September debate, Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said parents should not make decisions regarding what schools teach their children.

“I’m not gonna let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions,” McAuliffe said. “I stopped the bill that I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

McAuliffe also vetoed a bill that would have required school districts to warn parents about educational materials containing “sexually explicit” content and require teachers to provide replacement instructional materials for any student whose parent requests an alternative.

“When the governor or the candidate said that he didn’t think parents should be deciding what’s being taught in school, he was panned for that, but that’s just the fact,” Hannah-Jones said. “This is why we send our children to school and don’t homeschool because these are the professional educators, who have the expertise to teach social studies, to teach history, to teach science, to teach literature, and I think we should leave that to the educators.”

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  1. The author of CRT has the same qualifications to offer her opinion on what should be taught in the public school system as any parent, or non-parent. She should not asume she has the in and out on the subject.

    But, since CRT is so radical and inflammatory, and flat out misleading, it should not be part of the curriculum of lower classes in public education. There should be a requierment that teachers give sufficient disclaimers to their classes before assigning the book.

    The author allows her racial biases to guide her and such bias can have an overpowering affect on students. The. education system must take charge of such tendencies on the part of presumptuous teachers, who thinik CRT is like the bible. It isn’t!!!

  2. Spoken just like a Marist and just the opposite of our representative republic where political and public policy decision makers are selected by, and answer to, the voters!

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