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.

Is Our Children Learning Too Much?

Texas Monthly, April 13, 2022,
Christopher Hooks

Moral panics are useful if your goal is to weaken public education in favor of parochial and other private schools. Christopher Rufo, a fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, has helped kick-start the crusade. “To get universal school choice, you really need to operate from the position of universal public school distrust,” he said.

School board battleground: Emotions erupt

NBC 12 Local News, April 24, 2023 Hunter Bassler & Joe Dana

School board meetings recently are not just about budgets and student awards. Emotions are high over what is taught and what is tolerated. Three education experts discuss the issues: President of the Arizona Teachers Association, Director of Government Relations for the Arizona School Boards Association, and Deputy Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education.

Stochastic Terrorism: Lone Wolf Violence

Insider, Nov 8, 2022, Erin Snodgrass

Stochastic terrorism is a “lone wolf” type of extremist violence that occurs when a group of people has been dehumanized and othered. Those prone to such violence have a strong sense of moral righteousness, and have created a strict binary between good and evil, casting their enemies as villains.

Public Comments in support of trans youth at Peoria School Board meeting in Glendale, AZ

Secular AZ Facebook, April 2023

Here’s a video of how members of the public spoke up in support of trans youth. The Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, AZ had proposed a policy banning trans students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. And guess what? The public spoke out against it and board members listened. The proposal was shot down 3-2.