The American Principles Project tore into Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in an ad released Wednesday, highlighting the Democrat’s comment that parents shouldn’t “be telling schools what they should teach.”
“Terry McAuliffe doesn’t think you should be in charge of your kid’s education,” the ad said.
“Parents: it’s time to fight back.”
During a late September gubernatorial debate, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin challenged McAuliffe on the Democrat’s progressive education stances.
“I’m not gonna let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions,” McAuliffe told Youngkin.
“I stopped the bill that I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
American Principles Project President Terry Schilling told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday that “we are in the midst of a war on families” and on the family’s ability to “determine what their children are learning, what they’re exposed to, what they’re allowed to do.”
“I would argue many corporations are at war with parents and families and children for the hearts, minds and souls of our kids,” Schilling said.
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Many of these groups were founded by parents appalled to discover what was being taught to their children.
Their advocacy has launched local CRT debates onto the national stage, spurring far-left activists and establishment media outlets to accuse conservatives of ignorance and, in some cases, racism.
CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race.
Its adherents pursue “anti-racism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.
School districts, such as Loudoun County Public School Systems, often side-step parents’ accusations by pretending the problem does not exist — insisting that they are not implementing CRT.
But parents and activists say the elements of