Political advocates on both the right and left have used the public schools to teach their ideologies to public school children.
Those on the left have pushed teachings on politically controversial subjects such as racism, global warming, and the 1619 project – which is offensive to some on the right.
Those on the right have advocated for prayer in school and against gay marriage – which is offensive to some on the left. Today, President Trump issued a statement in which he touted his creation of “the 1776 Commission, which will encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and honor our founding.” Some on the left suspect these teachings will be skewed for political purposes.
Because there are parents on both sides that object to these teachings, they shouldn’t be taught using taxpayer money. Parents who want to incorporate ideologies in their children’s education can fulfill this very natural desire through other means: churches, online courses, news media, cooperatives schools, and more.
As president, I will end the federal Department of Education. This will move control of schools to local parents, teachers, and students who can design school curricula to their own liking.