We must build on the electoral victories of educational freedom

TThe eagerly awaited “red wave” did not materialize in the midterm elections. Despite this disappointment, however, there were valuable victories for freedom of education.

Florida, the national leader in freedom of education (although Arizona may surpass it with the state’s recent passage of universal school choice), saw Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pivotal re-election. Republicans also gained control of majorities in the House and Senate and won 41 out of 67 Conservative-backed school board elections. Voters in Maryland, Indiana and Michigan brought more conservative majorities to school boards. Credit goes to those parents who have spoken out against school closures and political indoctrination prioritizing academic learning.

FREEDOM OF EDUCATION WAS A BIG WINNER ON ELECTION DAY

But the growing movement of parents fighting for freedom of education is still largely in its infancy. Developing an effective strategy for electoral victories will be crucial in the years to come. The momentum should not be lost despite an overall unfortunate midterm election result.

The challenge is daunting, especially when you consider that the older, more conservative generation will eventually be replaced by a younger generation, coming from wake indoctrination centers called K-12 public schools. The midterm polls show that 63% of voters aged 18-29 voted for the left. Students are prepared at the K-12 level to view conservatives and conservative policies with contempt. Awakened ideologies are ingrained in almost every subject, with educators exercising their authority over children to advance a left-wing worldview 180 days a year for 13 consecutive years.

As GK Chesterton wisely stated, “Education is not a subject and is not about subjects. Instead, it is the transmission of a way of life.” Even parents struggling against the onslaught on their values ​​face an uphill battle as their children grow older. Students who were not cemented in leftist ideologies during their K-12 years are then bombarded with even more radical ideologies when they arrive at college.

What can prevent this corruption of our nation’s fundamental principles?

Freedom of education is the only hope. Our children must be freed from K-12 public schools, and parents must be allowed to choose an education path that is consistent with their values ​​for their children. Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin rightly argue that “the mission to free the minds of America’s future citizens is not a debate, an academic debate, or even a clash of worldviews. it’s a fight A war – a war for the right ideas.”

While our country’s future depends on winning the battle for educational freedom, there is hope as the battle is just heating up. It is time we rallied more troops to stand up for educational freedom and join the ground wave of parents who are already engaged in the struggle.

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dr Keri D. Ingraham is a Fellow at the Discovery Institute and Director of the Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education.

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