The history behind ‘parents’ rights’ in schools

AP News, Nov. 14, 2022, Brooke Shultz

Over the last century, the term “parents rights” has been invoked in disputes related to homeschooling, sex education and even the teaching of foreign languages in schools. In politics today, many have joined the conservative “parents rights” movement. Opponents say it promotes the false narrative that parents don’t have rights, with the ultimate goal of hollowing out public education.

What the Push for ‘Parents’ Rights’ Is Really About

New York Times, March 28, 2023, Jamelle Bouie

The reality of the “parents’ rights” movement is that it is meant to empower a conservative and reactionary minority of parents to dictate education and curriculums to the rest of the community. The point is to undermine public education through a thousand little cuts, each meant to weaken public support for teachers and public schools, and to open the floodgates to policies that siphon funds and resources from public institutions and pump them into private ones.

“Parent’s Rights” is a dog whistle for white supremacy

The Blog for Arizona, April 3, 2023, Dianne Post

“Parents’ rights” is misleading, unlawful, and is a dog whistle for white supremacy. The movement’s goal is to undermine the public education system so that taxpayer dollars can be rerouted to religious schools. It seeks to limit education, which is a danger to democracy.