As regular readers know, I have been a loud advocate of parent “engagement,” a much stronger perspective than parent “involvement” (see Chart: Useful Summary Of The Differences Between Parent Involvement & Parent Engagement; Involvement or Engagement? and my book, Engagement Parents In School.
I am, however, an equally strong opponent of parent bullying, which is being harnessed by right-wing Republican groups to generate voter enthusiasm for their candidates, and not out of a desire to partner with educators to improve education for all children.
Others have written excellent pieces about the current parent bullying movement, and I don’t feel a need to repeat their words.
Instead, check out these articles:
Imagine a class with 25 kids — and all of their parents insist on telling the teacher what to teach is from The Washington Post.
Parents claim they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. They don’t. also appeared in The Washington Post.
Parents should have an important role in education, but bullying schools isn’t it, too, is from The Washington Post.
Public Schools Have a Public Purpose is an older column from The NY Times that has relevance for today.
Parents Do Not Have A Right To Deny History is from Dan Rather.
“Moms for Liberty” with a speech bounty for teachers. Perfectly normal country. pic.twitter.com/YbKITM3KdZ
— nate bowling (local elections matter) (@nate_bowling) November 13, 2021
A useful deep-dive into Moms for Liberty with a splash of Parents Defending Education.https://t.co/XxTxD4ZGIE
— Jennifer Binis (@JennBinis) November 12, 2021
‘Parental rights’ activists say schools are hiding curriculum. Really? is from The Washington Post.
Replying to Moms for Liberty: What about These Books? is from Peter Greene.
Parents think they know what is best for schools. But they often don’t. is from The Washington Post.
Parents Aren’t the Only Ones With Rights is from The NY Times.
The big money behind moms 4 liberty and the right wing education groups that have popped up in the last year. https://t.co/sKvFB8RG2c
— Kombiz Lavasany (@kombiz) July 9, 2022
National Parents Bill of Rights Is Wasting Time is from Peter Greene.
House Republicans passed a bill they say protects parents rights in every school district, but opponents call it a dangerous move in a culture war.
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) March 24, 2023