From Fox News:
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s remarks about “diversity” and “inclusion” in schools, which he made in 2019, have resurfaced in the pivotal lead-up to Election Day on Nov. 2.
Education has emerged as a key issue in the race, with parents raising concerns about critical race theory, COVID-19 restrictions and transgender issues at tense school board meetings in Northern Virginia.
“We don’t do a good job in our education system talking about diversity, inclusion, openness and so forth,” McAuliffe said on C-SPAN Book TV while promoting his book “Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism” in 2019. “We don’t. We got our textbooks, but, you know, that has to be a big part of how do you fit into the social work of our nation and our fabric. How we deal with one another is to me as important as, you know, your math class or your English class and so forth.”
Parents in Loudoun County and Fairfax County have condemned some programs launched in the name of “diversity” and “inclusion,” saying that the programs promote critical race theory, a framework that involves deconstructing aspects of society to discover “systemic racism” beneath the surface. Some parents have called CRT divisive, claiming it encourages White students to view themselves as oppressors. Youngkin has pledged to ban CRT in education if he wins the race.
.@TerryMcAuliffe in 2019 said "diversity" and "inclusion" are "as important as" math and English in Elementary schools. This video is resurfacing in the wake of the pivotal race between McAuliffe and @GlennYoungkin, who champions parents' role in education pic.twitter.com/kEHKEbnCWL
— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) October 26, 2021
“Terry McAuliffe introduced political agendas like critical race theory into the Virginia education system back in 2015. He lowered academic standards and dragged our children’s math and reading performances down with those diminished expectations,” Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter told Fox News on Monday.
Youngkin has repeatedly cited alarming figures from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Education Progress, which found that 62% of Virginia students failed to meet proficiency standards on eighth-grade math, while nearly 60% of students failed to meet national proficiency standards in fourth-grade reading.
Read the full report at Fox News.
McAULIFFE MELTDOWN: Dem Erupts When Asked Whether Parents Should Be in Charge of Education
Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe erupted on a reporter during his final weeks of campaigning Thursday; demanding to know if the citizen was “vaccinated” when asked about his policies regarding public schools.
“Who do you think should be in control of education?” asked one concerned citizen.
“Have you been vaccinated yet?” yelled McAuliffe. “That’s the question I want to know! You should have a mask on! You’re dangerous here!”
McAuliffe concerned countless parents across the Commonwealth during a fiery debate when he said parents should not be in control of their children’s education.
“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and take books out and make their own decisions. I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe told the crowd.
Terry McAuliffe: "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." pic.twitter.com/7S15pTv1gY
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 28, 2021
The state’s school system has become a national focal point over issues like Critical Race Theory, the treatment of transgender children, and others.
Virginia’s Department of Education is also urging local districts across the commonwealth to abandon “gendered” events like the “Father-Daughter Dance” and other “sex-segregated activities.”
“The department’s Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools was developed pursuant to legislation passed last year by the state legislature and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam,” reports JustTheNews.com.
Virginia imposes new transgender rules on schools:
– Eliminate gender-based practices
– End gender-based homecoming/prom court
– Cancel events like "Father-Daughter Dances"
– Overnight lodging for field trips based on gender identity, not biological sex.https://t.co/mpKMXrRTu9
— Mary Vought (@MaryVought) July 1, 2021
“The rules were quietly promulgated earlier this year, but generated interest and controversy late this month as some school officials publicized efforts to come in line with the guidance,” adds the website.
“Gender-based policies, rules, and practices can have the effect of marginalizing, stigmatizing, and excluding students, regardless of their gender identity or gender expression,” it states, citing “practices that may be based on gender” such as “grouping students for class activities, gender-based homecoming or prom courts, limitations on who can attend as ‘couples’ at school dances, and gender-based events such as father-daughter dances.”
Watch McAuliffe’s comments above.
RUN, TERRY, RUN: McAuliffe Flees Reporter Asking About Education, ‘I Hope You’re Vaccinated Young Lady!’
Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe refused to answer a reporter’s question this week when asked to comment on a local school district, instead asking if the journalist was “vaccinated.”
“I hope you’re vaccinated young lady!” said the Democrat.
WATCH: Terry McAuliffe evades reporter after being asked about Loudoun County sex assault case pic.twitter.com/0FATZEiR1D
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) October 21, 2021
McAuliffe bolted from another interview this week when pressed on the same subject.
“So are you saying parents shouldn’t have a voice in their kids’ education?” asked the reporter.
“Sure, parents should have a voice. And parents do have a voice,” fired-back the candidate.
“He’s talking about issues that don’t even exist in Virginia and we’ve got to move past that,” McAuliffe said.
Watch Terry’s tantrum above.