Education Secretary Minimizes Parents’ Decisions

Not the “primary stakeholders” in children’s education. 

In testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said that parents of school-aged children should not act as the “primary stakeholders” in education decisions. 

Asked by Senator Mike Braun of Tennessee about parental decisions in education and whether parents should indeed be “primary stakeholders,” Secretary Cardona said that parents are “important stakeholders” but that educators have a role to play in programming decisions. He would not concede that parents should be the main decision makers in education. 

In the Virginia race for governor, candidate Terry McAuliffe has been criticized for similar comments. McAuliffe said that parents should not dictate what curriculum is being taught to their children in schools. His opponent in the close contest, Glenn Youngkin said, “I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.” 

Secretary Cardona also avoided answering questions on school reopening discretions and decision-making processes for mask-wearing policies for children in school. President Biden has directed the secretary to take action “against governors that are trying to block and intimidate local school officials and educators” by prohibiting them from requiring the use of masks. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Cardona to seek God’s guidance as he leads the Education Department.
  • For parents as they voice concerns about curriculum choices and the health needs of their children.
  • For administration officials as more authoritarian policies are implemented. 

Sources: Townhall, KAWC News, CNN 


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