It’s no secret that the public school system hates alternative educational options. However, the fact that a growing number of parents are leaving public schools in search of better opportunities has left public school supporters panicked.
Retired journalism teacher Susan Johnson recently penned an op-ed likening private schools to Proud Boys Academies and ISIS training camps. Her reasoning? Private schools and homeschools use a curriculum chosen by private boards or individual parents rather than boards elected by the general public. She then points out that radical Islamic schools also have private boards, as if there is a connection between the two.
“In charter schools, a private board decides the curriculum,” Johnson writes. “Same for private schools. One board might teach that the earth is flat. Another might teach that the pope is infallible; another might teach he is the anti-Christ.”
She goes much further than this.
“We have seen where this leads,” Johnson added. “In some Middle Eastern cultures, private schools called madrassas have been known to engage in religious and political indoctrination beginning at a very young age, even including combat training with military weapons. These are the people who brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center.”
She’s serious, but anyone reading the news with an open mind will certainly have a hard time taking her seriously. Her critique also ignores the absurdities becoming the norm at public institutions.
Teaching young white children that they and their family members are inherently racist is common at public schools. Ditching teaching entirely over concerns over an illness that is now treatable is also normal.
Teachers who vacation in foreign countries while telling students that it’s dangerous to return to in-person learning are not promoting reasoning of any kind.
These issues, among others, are some of the main reasons why parents are leaving the public school system in droves. Private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling allow students to learn real skills without public indoctrination.
Johnson goes on to tell her readers that graduates from schools that aren’t public will have a “patchwork of experiences.” However, this is already the case for every single graduate in the United States. One’s geographic location, family, family background, talents, likes and dislikes, and other factors help shape different experiences and points of view. Most intelligent people know that there’s nothing wrong with that.
Granted, this is just one op-ed — for now. One day, we’ll get to the point where no one who takes education seriously will want their kids in public schools. At that point, unionized teachers and their leftist organizers will lash out. There will be a serious legislative push to curb the growth of private schools — or even ban them entirely.
Remember, Democrats used to say that “no one is trying to take your guns.” Next, they will say “no one is coming after your private schools.” It’s just another lie leading to greater political power for the elite.