‘What Makes You Know Better Than a Parent?’

It’s one of the few benefits of the school closures and distance learning that federal and state officials — largely at the behest of teachers’ unions — have foisted on America’s schoolchildren in recent years: Parents have suddenly become more aware of what their children were being taught in public schools.

A lot of people didn’t like that, and rightly so. The backlash was intense, beginning with the victory of businessman and political newcomer Glenn Youngkin, who won the Virginia governorship after making parental involvement in schools a key campaign issue.

I’m pretty sure the teachers’ unions didn’t see this coming.

On Wednesday’s show, Dr. Phil McGraw entered the debate, entertaining advocates from both sides on one of the most contentious issues affecting American public school policy: How should minors who identify themselves as transgender be treated?

“In recent years, schools have gotten their own reports, with many parents giving them a big, red F and calling on the government to make changes,” said Dr. Phil introducing the show. “Why? Well, the parents say they really started to see what was being taught during the COVID quarantine.


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“They had the time and started paying attention — and they weren’t happy,” he said.

to dr Phil was joined by Tiffany Justice and Tina Descovich, co-founders of Moms for Liberty, who work to ensure young children are protected from inappropriate content in their public school classrooms.

“The national sex education standards that currently apply to K-3 says that gender ideology, that those third graders need to know that you can be a boy or a girl, neither or both,” Descovich said. “This is very worrying for our mothers and parents. There’s no need for a kindergarten teacher to teach 5-year-olds. This is something families should discuss.”

Descovich, a former school board member, accused the organization Equality for Florida of promoting policies designed to deceive parents. The executive director of that organization, Nadine Smith, was also part of the show’s discussion.

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“Politics in the state of Florida – and that’s over [Smith’s] Organization right since I was on the school board — they’ve established procedures and policies in the state of Florida that not only fail to inform parents of these decisions about their children’s safety, but intentionally mislead parents, Descovich said. “This is of great concern to us and is one of the reasons mothers are so committed to this mission. They do not want to be deceived by teachers and principals.”

The discussion revolved around Florida’s parental rights under the Education Act, which was enacted earlier this year. If this doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because most left-leaning legacy media tends to refer to the law as “don’t say gay” more often. (Dr Phil rightly pointed out that the bill does justice to that disparagement — the word “gay” is never used in it.)

“Didn’t the Supreme Court rule that parents have the right to care and custody of their children when they make decisions about their care and custody in every aspect — medical care, education — the Supreme Court has ruled on that for a long, long time Time before. Right?” Dr. Phil asked Jody Armor, a professor at the USC Gould School of Law.

Armor actually let slip more than I think he meant to, describing a conflict between parents and the public school agenda (however haughty that agenda might sound).

“We want parents to be involved in their children’s development, you know, that’s very important,” he said. “but [emphasis added] As a public school system, we also want to educate citizens who will go out and thrive and thrive in a multicultural democracy.”


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Aside from the notion of whether or not a multicultural democracy can even thrive, note the “but” there. Armor didn’t say “and” as in let’s do what parents want and also prepare kids for life. He said “but”. He White There’s a conflict between what American parents want and the agenda of a public school system run by agents of the state, let’s face it.

“But the responsibility for this lies with the parents,” replied Dr. Phil. “They have control over the care and custody of their children.”

Then he nailed him with the perfect question leftists never have an answer to. (Actually, they have an answer for that; they just know they can’t admit it publicly.)

“And my question for you is: Why do you think you know better than a parent what should happen to a child when they have a life-determining decision about whether they’re going to make a decision about gender or something else?” asked Dr . Phil

“You have to call before you give them a Tylenol, and you can’t assume that kid won’t be able to take that information home with him.”

The people who represented the bright side of this debate didn’t have much to say about it, as you might imagine. One parent — and I hate to use that term, but if I were one of those people who put “beta male” stickers on certain people’s foreheads, he’d be the first person I’d look for — was trying to gather mental health statistics quote dr Phil, who has three degrees in psychology and a year as a postdoctoral fellow.

Good luck with it.

Here you can watch clips summarizing the show:

Of course, this debate did not touch on the core issue. The issue isn’t what educators are allowed or not allowed to teach in public schools. The problem is that there are public school educators, that we allow children to be educated by government agencies that in too many cases have taken the rightful role of parents.

Privatize education in this country, get the government out and the parents back in, and we solved half our problems overnight. But even if we don’t go that far, get out the federal government — like the Supreme Court did with abortion — and put education back in the hands of the states.

It may be a good idea to remove this or that book from our classrooms, or this or that policy from our school boards. Sometimes they represent a won battle. But all of these victories come in a war we shouldn’t be fighting.

Government has no place in it any Classroom – preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school or college. No place. none. Nada. There is nothing in the Constitution that gives it that authority.

They want parents to control their children’s education—which, by the way, we’ll one day answer to God Himself for? Shut down the unconstitutional Department of Education, return the more than $6 billion it spends each month to families with school-age children, and give parents real freedom of education. This is going to be a strong start.

Otherwise we will Dr. Phil just give more left-wing mother vs. bright debates that will be featured on his show.


Kids, Constitution, Education, Federal Government, Florida, Mental Health, Public Schools, Supreme Court, Teachers, TV, Transgender, US News

George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and an occasional co-host of WJ Live, operated by The Western Journal. He currently works as an editor in the fields of faith, politics and culture. A former special operator, instructor and adviser to the US Army, he is a life member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. He was born in Foxborough, Massachusetts and has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.

George Upper, former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal, is now Contributing Editor on Faith, Politics and Culture. He is a former US Army special operator, instructor, manager and adviser. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and a master’s degree in business administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He now resides in central North Carolina with his wife and a Maine Coon named Princess Leia, whose name he is not responsible for. He is active in his church’s education and security services and is a lifetime member of the NRA. In his spare time he films, reads a great deal by Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald and watches Bruce Campbell films. He’s a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.

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