The battle against government-run education continues to unmask the most perverse ideologues and Monday that included a Georgia lawmaker who said “the quiet part out loud” as to whether or not she thinks parents have rights.
Whether catalyzed or vulcanized by COVID-induced remote learning, parental concern over curriculum has led to advancements in battles that would secure more say from parents over how their children are taught. For Georgians, in addition to a parental rights bill against pushing queer theory, the legislature advanced a bill that would expand school choice, funding students instead of systems.
During the Georgia House Education Subcommittee on Policy hearing Monday, state Rep. Lydia Glaize (D) voiced her concern over such a system applying the biases of credentialism when she asserted some parents simply wouldn’t be smart enough to handle such freedom.
“I see access as a problem. I see parents being able to direct their child’s education and they’re already in the lower 25 percentile, meaning a lot of those parents did not finish high school…could not finish their own education,” Glaize said in a clip highlighted by school choice advocate Corey A. DeAngelis. “I am extremely concerned that we would put money in their hands and that entire piece of life in the hands of parents who are not qualified to make those decisions, and they don’t have the money to put in the difference that their child would need to attend a private school.”
Georgia Rep. Lydia Glaize (D) says the QUIET PART OUT LOUD: "a lot of those parents did not finish high school.. I am extremely concerned that we would put money in their hands and that entire piece of life in the hands of parents who are not qualified to make those decisions" pic.twitter.com/z5Z7ktA0JY
— Corey A. DeAngelis, school choice evangelist (@DeAngelisCorey) March 20, 2023
As written, the Georgia Promise Scholarship Act would establish the parameters by which qualified students would gain access to a state-funded $6,000 scholarship toward education expenses. For Glaize, who helped start the state’s first charter school and herself admitted “All of my children graduated from private school. We paid for it,” there appeared to be an inherent bias not only against the education level of Georgians but against their economic status as well.
Christina Pushaw, rapid response director for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) reacted to Glaize’s comments and wrote, “Definitely saying the quiet part out loud. What she’s implying is, government ‘experts’ know better than parents about raising kids, so parental rights should not exist without government approval. Scary stuff.”
Definitely saying the quiet part out loud. What she’s implying is, government “experts” know better than parents about raising kids, so parental rights should not exist without government approval. Scary stuff
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) March 20, 2023
She wasn’t alone in pointing out the obvious implications of the legislator’s stance as another Twitter user surmised Glaize may as well have said, “We failed to successfully educate the last generation and we are extremely concerned that we will not have a chance to fail this generation.”
“We failed to successfully educate the last generation and we are extremely concerned that we will not have a chance to fail this generation.”
— Coach Noah Revoy | Arms Dealer For The Soul ☠️ (@NoahRevoy) March 20, 2023
Progressives: Kids are qualified to make life/ body altering decisions and we should believe them
Also Progressives: People without a high school degree aren’t qualified to parent.
— John (@ITVPod) March 20, 2023
Basically, it would beg the same question….if they didn’t finish high school….how can I allow them to vote in an election, if they can’t make qualified decisions. Begs for a lot of thought process.
— Apheleia (@Apheleia9) March 21, 2023
DeAngelis went on to note on partisan lines the bill advanced seven to five out of committee and 33 to 23 through the Senate. Its passage was joined by a similar measure toward universal school choice that passed through the Arkansas Senate on March 8.
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