The author of the controversial 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, said during a recent interview that she doesn’t understand why people believe that parents should have control over what children learn in school.
Although she has authored work that has been used in classrooms around the country as one of several programs associated with Critical Race Theory, Hannah-Jones said since she herself is not an educator, she doesn’t believe that she’s qualified to make decisions about what is being taught in schools and nor should other parents who don’t, either.
“I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught. I’m not a professional educator. I don’t have a degree in social studies or science. We send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have expertise in the subject area,” she told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” as reported by Townhall.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: Parents shouldn't be in charge of their kids' schooling: "I don't really understand this idea that parents should decide what's being taught. I'm not a professional educator. I don't have a degree in social studies." Yet she wants the 1619 Project in schools. pic.twitter.com/UAjFTCvVmg
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She was being asked about comments former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) during his failed bid for a second governorship which criticized the notion that “parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Hannah-Jones believes that McAuliffe’s comments were “just the facts.”
“This is why we send our children to school and don’t homeschool, because these are the professional educators who have the expertise to teach social studies, to teach history, to teach science, to teach literature,” she said.
The 1619 Project that she authored, however, has been used as the basis for curricula that is used in schools around the country.
Nonetheless, she argued that while yes, parents “should have some say,” that “school is not about simply confirming our worldview. Schools should teach us to question. They should teach us how to think, not what to think.”
Hannah-Jones would likely be surprised how many critics of her curriculum and Critical Race Theory would emphatically agree with her; the primary objection to the 1619 Project is its ideological spin on American history and debunked assertions about the true philosophy of our nation’s founding.
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