I’m sure everyone reading this has come across a situation where they’ve encountered someone whose way of thinking is so bizarre, if not outright preposterous, that it takes you a moment to figure out how to respond to the idiocy you witnessed.
I know it’s happened to me more times than I can remember.
Such as today, when I watched a segment from Fox & Friends where one of their guests, Julie Gunlock, senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, said one of the most asinine things I’ve ever heard.
While speaking with the Fox News morning show, Gunlock proceeded to claim that schools are becoming liberal, trying to take the place of the parents, by offering such horrific things as three meals a day and after school care.
“More and more now these schools, elementary schools are taking on and supplanting parents,” Gunlock said. “They get dropped off at 6:30 in the morning, they get three meals a day. There is after-care. There is even health care services at some schools. So, really schools have tried more and more to take on the role of parenting.”
She also went on to say that part of this “liberal agenda” to politicize our schools was the push to teach issues such as climate change in schools.
Yes, apparently scientific facts are now “liberally biased.”
There are so many flaws to the way her mind “works” (though I use that word loosely), it’s difficult to even know where to begin.
For starters, to argue that after school programs and feeding children are bad things is next-level stupid. I’m not even going to explain why, because I feel that’s self-explanatory.
Then there’s always the fact that her argument against “liberal schools” is that parents are utilizing these programs. Nobody is making parents use these daycare programs — most use them because they have to!
Long ago, sure, families could easily make it on one income. That’s no longer the case. In today’s world of trickle-down economics, where the poor and middle class are being squeezed more and more each year, most families require both parents to work (sometimes multiple jobs) just to get by. This means that parents sometimes need to drop their children off before classes begin, or can’t pick them up until a couple of hours after school lets out.
Millions of parents utilize these programs out of necessity.
Again, nobody is making parents drop their kids off at 6:30 in the morning, or pick them up a couple of hours after school lets out. Most choose to do that because they have to in order to work and provide for their family.
Then I’d like to address this idea of hers that the schools are trying to supplant the family.
As someone with a sister and several friends who are teachers, trust me when I say that one of their biggest complaints centers around lazy parents who want the schools and, in particular, the teachers to “raise their children.” Parents who blame the teachers for their child’s failing grades, bad behavior, or other various issues that the family should be taking care of — not their teacher. I’m certain most of the teachers I know would love to go to class and simply teach their students what they’re supposed to without having to constantly correct discipline issues because parents aren’t teaching their children how to be respectful, mature, or take responsibility for their own actions.
If anything, schools are having to do more for students because of the parents. Whether it’s because they’re working more now than they did before to provide for their families, are poor and in need of free meal programs provided by our schools, or simply because some are lazy and want to put some of their responsibilities on others, more and more is being asked of schools and teachers than ever before.
As for her assertion that “political topics” are now being pushed in school, such as climate change, she’s out of her mind. We shouldn’t dumb-down our education system just because some people want to deny facts, reality, science, and history. When the vast majority of the world’s scientists believe in human-made climate change, that means it damn sure needs to be taught in school. Just because there are people like her who choose to be ignorant doesn’t mean the facts become a “matter of opinion.”
Climate change is real — end of story.
This woman is essentially arguing that teaching factual science, feeding children, and providing after school care is tantamount to liberal brainwashing.
It’s absolutely insane.
For those of you who never watch anything on Fox News, here’s a good glimpse of what that network pushes on their audience. It really is nothing more than conservative fan fiction, absurd conspiracies, and anti-intellectual drivel.
Fox News: Where we turn understanding science and feeding children into something negative.
Watch her ramblings below via Fox News: