The war on education is fully underway, with legislators and political influencers around the country encouraging their fans to harass, question, and attack teachers on matters surrounding curriculum and safety measures. The latest bouts, though, are particularly accusatory.
We’ve seen angry parents, riled up over disinformation, appear at school board meetings to threaten and harass school staff over COVID-19 safety protocols, and to attack over the Critical Race Theory (a college-level course) that they believe their elementary schoolers are being taught.
Then there’s Ron DeSantis’ Don’t Say Gay bill in Florida, encouraging parents to complain about the possibility of their children learning that LGBTQ+ people exist, and opening up the possibility of lawsuits for vague, undefined violations. Proponents of the bill have claimed that even acknowledging the existence of LGBTQ+ people in any context is an act of ‘grooming’ or sexual abuse.
Now, here’s David Mamet being invited onto Fox News to assert that men are predators by nature and that teachers tend to be pedophiles.
David Mamet on Fox News: "Teachers are inclined, particularly men because men are predators, to pedophilia" pic.twitter.com/azAlXPWRUc
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) April 11, 2022
“If there’s no community control of the schools, what we have is kids being, not only indoctrinated, but groomed, in a very real sense, by people who are, whether they know it or not, sexual predators…This has always been the problem with education, is that teachers are inclined, particularly men because men are predators, to pedophilia, that’s why there were strict community strictures about it.”
As the far-right continues to push these anti-education and anti-teacher attacks, they’re also fighting for school choice and funding of charter schools — programs that funnel government funds to private schools.
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