October 1, 2021

Biden Education Secretary Denies Parents are Primary Stakeholder in Education

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Thursday, the Department of Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona, testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He was there to discuss COVID-19 policies in schools and reopening strategies. When asked directly whether or not parents should be considered the “primary stakeholder” in their children’s education, Cardona called them merely an “important stakeholder” while adding that the educator has a role to play in planning the curriculum.

The Background:
One of the ten “planks” of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx is “free education for all children in public schools.” 

This is only one area where the modern left and Karl Marx agree wholeheartedly. They want to control the education of American children regardless of the wishes of their parents.

This was plain to all on Thursday when the Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona was unwilling to call parents the primary stakeholder in their children’s education.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) asked Cardona if he thinks “parents should be in charge of their child’s education as the primary stakeholder?” Cardona replied saying that “parents are important stakeholders, but I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming.”

Braun then had to remind Cardona that parents pay the bills and raise the kids so “they probably need to be the primary spokespeople for their own kids’ good education.” 

This isn’t the first time Cardona has showed his radical ideology. During his confirmation hearing, he told Sen. Rand Paul that transgender students should be able to compete on whatever teams they want, despite the self-evident fact that this would be unfair, especially in girls’ sports. 

Notable Quotes:

“I think that’s going to be a little out of focus. What I think you’re going to find across all elements of education, since they pay the bills, they raise the kids, they probably need to be the primary spokespeople for their own kids’ good education.” - Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN)

“I think that it’s critically important that the education system and educators respect the rights of all students, including students who are transgender, and that they are afforded the opportunities that every other student has to participate in extracurricular activities.” - Miguel Cardona, Department of Education Secretary

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