And this is why public education is doomed
I’ve experienced education from a variety of angles. I went to both public and private schools. I’ve known people who went to parochial schools and talked with them about their experience and I’m now homeschooling my daughter.
So I’ve got some perspective on the idea of public education.
As I noted last week, I’m a proponent of school choice.
Yet let’s also be honest, the current paradigm in public education has a limited shelf life.
Because there are teachers like this:
A self-described communist teacher from Maryland bragged on social media about "indoctrinating" her students with "Marxist literature" and called for a fight against capitalism.
Rebecca F. Rothstein, a teacher at North Bethesda Middle School in the Montgomery County School District, posted multiple controversial videos to her TikTok account – which has since been deactivated.
Rothstein, who stated that she is "proud as f*** to be liberal," insisted that educators should not prioritize teaching students math and science but instead provide lessons on anti-racism and "how to be kind."
"As a teacher, I wish we could do more with our students, like teach anti-racism and how to be kind people. Does anyone else feel like … we can skip the math, skip the science, like we'll do that next year. Maybe this year we focus on teaching our youth how to be anti-racist," she said in one TikTok video.
Of course, we also know that “anti-racist” isn’t even just about how people should be treated equally or anything of that sort, but is really shorthand for anti-white rhetoric masquerading as being anti-racist.
So yeah, there’s a problem here.
Further, Rothstein openly admitted to teaching Marxist literature and even quipped, “Tired after a long day of indoctrinating students.”
All of this on TikTok.
But hey, she’s just one teacher, right?
She’s one teacher who openly bragged about it. We don’t know how many others are smart enough to keep their traps shut but are doing the exact same thing.
What’s more, though, let’s say this is your kid. Let’s say your child is in a class with a teacher like this. What is your recourse? What options do you actually have?
Sure, you can go to the school administration and hope they do something and you can go to your school board and look for help there, but depending on where you live, you may be just slap out of luck.
Enter, once again, school choice.
As we learn of more and more teachers doing stuff like this, parents are going to be uncomfortable. Even a lot of liberal parents aren’t ready to see socialism and communism continue to rise in this country. They recognize that’s going too far, even for them.
So, suddenly school choice starts to look better.
If the teachers’ unions protect these teachers, which they most likely will, it’ll just alienate them from more and more of American society. It’ll be enough that you’ll see more and more Americans support school choice until just about every state in the nation has it.
With that, and with teachers like this, more and more parents will move their kids out of the public schools so that they’ll at least have some kind of say in what happens.
If that happens enough, public education is doomed.
It’ll basically become the enclave of those whose parents are too depraved or too indoctrinated to want better for their children. Contrary to what many think, that’s a slim minority.
So, with no customers left, the schools will either close up shop or be bought by private entities. Either way, they’ll go the way of the do-do.
Unless, of course, officials and administrators actually do something to address the problems we’ve been talking about. Since there’s been nothing said to this teacher so far as we can tell, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.
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