Asra Naamani and a team of Virginia parents spoke on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning about the issue that affected them most in the governor’s election: education.
In “Fox and Friends,” a former Wall Street Journal columnist—whose children attended school in Fairfax County—provided examples of books being offered to children in the school system.
The first book I showed, A for Activist, shows a picture of an individual wearing a ski mask. The book was reportedly part of a lesson plan from the Virginia Department of Education for third graders.
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“This is the book that later becomes what our children get in our school system,” she said. “And you can see here, this hidden picture of a fighter. And that’s what they turn our kids into — armed.”
Other books she has highlighted include “Woke Baby”, “Gender Queer” and “Not My Idea” which talks about whiteness as a “deal with the devil”. Nomani said that until a few years ago, she didn’t know who was on the school board in her area, but she has since become more involved.
She explained, “They came after my son’s school. They came after the idea of merit and the American dream. I came here as a four-year-old girl from India who believed in the American dream.”
The parents’ group expressed their support for Glenn Yongkin’s Republican gubernatorial candidate because of his stance on education.
Yvette McKinney, a mother in Loudoun County, believes Yongkin represents teachers and supports the ideals of parents.
“There is absolutely no policy in schools,” Fox News’ Ainsley Earhart said. “I think this is the work of parents. And parents certainly belong to education.”
McKinney’s comment was in reference to the position of former governor and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe that parents should not control what schools teach.
Some parents, like Jessica Mendes, have faced backlash for standing up for their beliefs.
“I want to fight for my children,” Mendes said. “I want them to have a good curriculum that teaches them how to think, not what to think.”
Mendez said she was insulted and a neighbor called her racist because of her attitude.
“We were friends for years. Once I decided to stand up for what I believe in and take a stand, she had a problem with me.”
Demis Kristofy’s children also go to school in Loudoun County. He criticized the school board for being dismissive of parents and introducing their ideologies into the curriculum.
“My job as a parent is to protect my children from any tyranny, no matter what it is,” he said. “You crossed that line, you’re dealing with me now.”
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Kristofi said the education system had become a “propaganda system” and called for the Ministry of Education to be abolished.
“The school system must be controlled locally,” he said.
Daris Hess has pulled his children out of the Loudoun County public school system after more than a year of virtual learning.
“The kids were really struggling,” he said. “We couldn’t really trust LCPS anymore so we took the kids out of school and put them in a private school.”
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Parents all expressed their dissatisfaction with the current course of the education system in their country. They expressed their desire that a governor would listen to them and remove the agendas of the awakening political schools.
Nomani noted the courage of the parents at the session and called on other parents to do the same.
“I just hope everyone who watches sees that courage is contagious and that they stand up too,” she said.