Will Swaim: Garland's attempts to silence parents nothing new for Californians

Lo que es menos conocido es el extraño desprecio de Swett por las familias. Swett vio las escuelas públicas como fábricas para la creación de personas que, teniendo “llegado a la edad de madurez pertenecen, no a los padres, but to the State, to society, to the country.

Understand that – the idea that Americans belong not to themselves but tothe State– and you begin to understand why Swett believed the family had to be kept out of any serious discussions about education.


Padres, el escribio, were obstacles to thecomplete harmony and unity of actionrequired of modern governance. He dismissed asentirely erroneous” la “vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers. As it would be manifestly improper for the teacher to undertake to dictate to the parents in their own house, so it would be improper for the parents to dictate to him in his, the schoolhouse.

It’s taken 170 años, but Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered earlier this month on Swett’s ambition, directing the FBI to investigate and ultimately silence pesky moms and dads who hold the extremist view that they should have any say in their children’s education. 

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Garland said he was responding to a now-infamous letter in which the National School Boards Association (NSBA) claimed activist parents are guilty ofdomestic terrorism and hate crimesagainst teachers and school board members.

A close reading of the group’s “evidencia” reveals few examples that rise to the level of crimes, and none that would justify the appearance of FBI agents on your doorstep. Lo peor, they’re examples of elected officials getting some pretty candid – but entirely legal – feedback for decisions that value teacher union demands and wokeness above student needs. The NSBA’s singular citation out of California, por ejemplo, was a Poway school board meeting that adjourned early after parents demanded they be let into the boardroom in numbers exceeding COVID restrictions. There were no arrests or reports of harm in that incident.

Local law enforcement has the authority to step in if school board members are being harmed or threatened; any real threats or acts of violence must be dealt with fully, immediately – and locally. Federal investigations of parents whose “crimen” was making school board members feel uncomfortable is not the solution. It is indeed a threat to the Constitution’s guarantee of free speech, assembly and petition. 

The nation’s second-largest school district has caved to union pressure and agreed to lock out parents.

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