Don’t mess with moms and dads – that’s the prevailing takeaway coming out of yesterday’s two major electoral races, especially in the state of Virginia.
Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s victory over former Governor Terry McAuliffe culminated a bruising campaign, with much of it focused on a rising backlash against the “woke” policies of the radical left.
At the current time, New Jersey’s gubernatorial race remains too close to call.
Pundits suggest the turning point of the race in Virginia came when Mr. McAuliffe rejected the idea that moms and dads have a voice in their child’s public-school education.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” he stated during the second debate.
The backlash was unsurprisingly swift, clearly shifting momentum in Mr. Youngkin’s direction.
Love and care of our children are hardly partisan issues, but when politicians attempt to assume the seat and authority of a mother or father – watch out. Parents are ultimately responsible for their child’s education. When you enroll your child in a public school you’re not surrendering all say in what is being taught or what they’re exposed to during their time in attendance.
Any politician who tries to usurp moms’ and dads’ authority should be on notice – don’t get too comfortable. Your tenure in elected office will be brief, if you even make it there in the first place.
Our own boys attended a demanding, principled public charter school here in Colorado Springs. We communicated regularly with school officials throughout their thirteen years. If there were questions about the curriculum or a policy, we received answers, and as parents, we were never made to feel like pariahs.
At Focus on the Family, we don’t celebrate candidates or political parties – we champion parents and enduring principles. We believe parental rights are sacrosanct. Moms and dads don’t just matter at home – they matter in the classroom and cast a long shadow in a child’s life.
For Governor-elect Youngkin, the hard work of governing begins. The curriculum of public schools remains a growing concern. New leadership doesn’t solve all ills. There remain institutional challenges and rogue ideologues determined to present a worldview contrary to yours and mine. As parents, we must remain vigilant and involved.
Please join me in praying for all of our elected and newly elected officials.