Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s big mouth has gotten him into trouble with voters who have school-age kids, what with him suggesting that parents shouldn’t have a say in their school’s curriculum. That’s stuck with him, and now he’s trying to shake it off by accusing his opponent of wanting to ban award-winning books (when he really wants to give parents the option of having their kids opt-out of certain readings).

In a piece for Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley frames his argument with an email from his kids’ schools that after-school care was canceled due to flooding. He’s going to do what parents who don’t have too much time on their hands do: take care of his kids, which “already takes up approximately 99.9 percent of my waking brain energy.” It’s those busybody parents who do have too much time on their hands who think they can get involved in helping shape a school curriculum.

This is the poll that inspired him to write:

Mathis-Lilley writes:

Can you imagine even having to review one entire year’s worth of curriculum to approve it, much less providing detailed input on it? And doing this, probably, on a Zoom meeting with hundreds of other people? Do these angry parents know how much planning it takes to fill six hours each day with material that’s interesting enough to keep children from breaking everything in the classroom by hitting each other with it (elementary school) or texting each other TikToks about recreational drug use and open-minded sexual promiscuity (contemporary high school, I assume)?

Ah, the root of the problem: angry parents. What do they have to be angry about? Just hand your kids over and trust the school to know best.

But don’t good parents review with their kids what they learned in school? Help them with their homework? They’re already involved.

Where does he think those crazy homeschooling parents get their curricula? They shop around and settle on the best fit for their kids.

What are these activist parents upset about anyway? Barack Obama just assured us the stories we’ve heard are phony, trumped-up, fake outrage.

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