It’s a ‘problem’ when ‘parents think they have the right to control teaching and learning because their children are the ones being educated’: op-ed writer

A teacher and novelist made a rather eye-opening claim in an op-ed for NBC News — that it’s a “problem” when “parents think they have the right to control teaching and learning because their children are the ones being educated.”

Christina Wyman — author of the upcoming middle-school novel “Jawbreaker” — decried parents and politicians who’ve been “interfering with the curricula that public schools use to teach students” in her piece.

“State legislatures are passing laws to keep critical race theory out of schools, literary classics like Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ are banned for sexual content, and school libraries are coming under attack for containing books about gender,” Wyman added. “There are even parents who are trying to shield students from learning about mental health and suicide — as though helping children build emotional fortitude is a bad thing.”

Then she observed the following: “Part of the problem is that parents think they have the right to control teaching and learning because their children are the ones being educated. But it actually (gasp!) doesn’t work that way. It’s sort of like entering a surgical unit thinking you can interfere with an operation simply because the patient is your child.”- READ MORE

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