In a recent debate, the Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, declared, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Evidently, he intended to signal his support for school boards and educators who contribute to his campaign and are themselves facing criticism from parents and public figures for a variety of issues, like mask mandates, teaching Critical Race Theory, and including overtly sexual content in their school libraries.

This triggered numerous rebuttals online from conservatives who were justifiably outraged by McAuliffe’s suggestion that parents have no real right to decide how their children are educated. On the contrary, they claimed, parents have every right to make decisions on their children’s education.

What is ironic about this argument is that prior to the past two years, no one would have questioned McAuliffe’s statement. Along with the police and the military, teachers were one of the most trusted professions in the country. Just as people deferred to the experts in other matters, they deferred to educators who knew what their students needed. The Onion captures this mentality brilliantly in the satirical article on “school-homing,” a reverse on homeschooling. 

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