Former Vice President Joe Biden made alarming statements when speaking to a room full of teachers, that children are “like yours” and not the parents.
The controversial statements were made during the White House’s “Teacher of the Year” event.
Biden said, [Children are] not someone else’s children, they’re our children.” He went on to say, “And they are the kite strings that literally lift our national ambitions aloft.”
Biden doubled down on the idea of children not belonging to their parents while in school saying, “You have heard me say it many times about our children, but it is true. They’re all our children. And the reason you are the teachers of the year is because you recognize that. They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom.”
Joe Biden says to teachers about their students “they are not somebody else’s children. They’re yours when you’re in the classroom.”
No, Joe, they are not “somebody else’s children.”
They are OUR children. pic.twitter.com/A5wW3ytRQk
— American Principles 🇺🇸 (@approject) April 27, 2022
These statements were made while parents in many states are battling local school boards over the idea of parents determining educational content within schools. This ideological struggle has resulted in the election of Republican Glenn Youngkin being elected as the Governor of Virginia, widespread pro-parent legislation being passed in Florida, along with many others.
However, the Marxist idea of children belonging to the “collective” has been part of the American political landscape for many years. In the 1990s, Hillary Clinton stirred up controversy when she wrote a book about children belonging to the community in her book “It Takes A Village.”
In more recent years, Melissa Harris-Perry said, during a 2013 spot for MSNBC’s “Lean Forward” campaign, “We have to break through our kinda private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”
It wasn’t 2021 during Virginia’s gubernatorial debates when the pro-parent movement gained strong momentum and created strong shifts in American politics. During a now-famous debate between Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe, frontrunner McAuliffe proclaimed parents do not have the right to determine what children learn in the classroom. These remarks spurred a backlash throughout Virginia, ultimately resulting in McAuliffe’s defeat.