Parents already incensed with the left’s blatant attempt to override their authority when it comes to their children were left fuming when President Joe Biden came to the defense of teachers.
Speaking at a Teacher of the Year ceremony Wednesday hosted by the White House, Biden attacked Republicans and others who have sought to ban explicit books “to score political points,” and declared that teachers have been the “target of the culture wars.”
But the president’s words that left many believing he said children effectively belong to the teachers while in school took things a bit too far for many.
“They’re all our children. And the reason you’re the teachers of the year is because you recognize that. They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom,” he said.
Joe Biden says to teachers about their students “they are not somebody else’s children. They’re yours when you’re in the classroom.”
No, Joe, they are not “somebody else’s children.”
They are OUR children. pic.twitter.com/A5wW3ytRQk
— American Principles 🇺🇸 (@approject) April 27, 2022
And the president seemed to miss the forest for the trees when he later criticized efforts to protect children from extreme gender and racial ideologies in the curriculum used to indoctrinate young students.
“There are too many politicians trying to score political points trying to ban books, even math books,” Biden said. “Did you ever think when you’d be teaching you’re going to be worried about book burnings and banning books all because it doesn’t fit somebody’s political agenda?”
Biden: There are too many politicians trying to score political points trying to ban books, even math books. Did you ever think when you’d be teaching you’re gonna be worried about book burnings and banning books all because it doesn’t fit somebody’s political agenda? pic.twitter.com/uOBn6hI4J8
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 27, 2022
Biden seems to have forgotten how Glenn Youngkin was swept to victory as governor in Virginia following his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe’s infamous declaration during the campaign.
“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions. I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe had said.
During Wednesday’s event, Biden defended teachers, saying “American teachers have dedicated their lives to teaching our children and lifting them up.”
“We’ve got to stop making them the target of the culture wars. That’s where this is going,” he added.
The president’s claim that children belong to teachers while in the classroom set off a fireball of criticism.
my god… he could not be more wrong!
— Chad Smith (@Chad4Mizzou) April 27, 2022
Woah. Hold your horses cowboy they are they to teach them an education to be able to one day compete in the real world. Nowhere does sex or CRT help anyone gain knowledge in math, science, history or the arts. Please let the parents choose what is best for our children.
— BattleRAT (@BattleRAT2) April 28, 2022
their Responsibility is to Teach,
Teaching isnt Ownership…
— R0BB BA$E 🏁💵💰🥃🍾🖕🏻 (@H00LiGAN_ROBB) April 27, 2022
Though many defended his remarks, contending that his intention was being misinterpreted.
“they’re LIKE yours when you’re in the classroom”. Pay attention! He’s talking about how much they care
— Dawn (@dafw333) April 27, 2022
I’m no fan of Biden but you’ve sadly misread or deliberately misinterpreted this.
He says ‘they’re all our children’ meaning a country should care for the upbringing of it’s youth. True.
Then ‘they’re like yours’ – they are LIKE ours but not really ours. Also true.
— Traveling teacher (@Travelteach4) April 27, 2022
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