WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 27: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) questions U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland as he testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about oversight of the Department of Justice on October 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images)
UPDATED 1:24 PM PT – Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) weighed in yet again on the left’s growing influence on public schools. During an interview on Monday, the Arkansas Republican pointed out bureaucrats are trying to convince parents that they know what’s best for their kids despite not having children themselves.
“In some cases, [they] don’t even have kids. Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Teacher’s Federation, the biggest teacher’s organization in America, doesn’t even have children of her own, yet she presumes to dictate to parents about how they should care for their kids, about what they should think about their kids’ own education. It’s just a perfect example of the modern left and their bureaucratic mindset about how they know better than everyone,” said Cotton.
Last week, Randi Weingarten, the head of the nation’s biggest teacher’s organization, praised an op-ed titled “Parents Claim They Have the Right to Shape Their Kids’ School Curriculum…They Don’t.” However, Cotton stressed parents’ growing concern about what their children are being taught behind closed doors is justified.
On the other hand, Cotton noted that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe had dismissed concerns about public schools, yet is known to send his own children to expensive private schools that average Americans can’t afford.
Cotton warned the left will continue pushing for further centralization of control, planning and power over all aspects of American life. Although, he suggested parents are making a huge difference simply by standing up for their right to have control over their children’s education and upbringing.