Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA) recently posted an idiotic tweet suggesting that parents should have zero input in their child’s education or healthcare decisions. Unfortunately, his perspective that it is “stupid” for parents to be involved in their child’s education is a commonly-held belief in the Democratic party.
After winning reelection in South Carolina, Republican Senator Tim Scott said, “We are putting parents back in charge of their kids.”
Swalwell thought that Scott’s comment was completely outlandish and tweeted a response, saying,
“Please tell me what I’m missing here. What are we doing next? Putting parents in charge of their surgeries? Clients in charge of their trials? When did we stop trusting experts? This is so stupid.”
Please tell me what I’m missing here. What are we doing next? Putting patients in charge of their own surgeries? Clients in charge of their own trials? When did we stop trusting experts. This is so stupid. pic.twitter.com/VZRMZpp234
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 10, 2022
Swalwell’s comment missed the mark in a number of ways, one being that he has assumed all teachers are “experts.”
The argument could be made that this transgender high school shop teacher, who wears massive prosthetic breasts and skin-tight clothing, is not what you would consider an “expert.”
One could also make the argument that this racist elementary school teacher, who was prejudiced against the “posh, White parents” at her school, was not such an “expert” that parents should, without question, trust that their kids will be given the best education they can get.
And, of course, there is no way any sane person could have an issue with this middle school teacher wishing that Conservatives would “get Covid and die”:
The notion that parents shouldn’t have a say in their child’s education – especially during their early development years – is pure insanity.
Another issue with Swalwell’s statement is that no one thinks parents need to be the ones in the classroom doing the teaching. No one has suggested that parents should be in the operating room performing surgery on their child. Rather, the argument is for parents to have a say in their child’s life. Since when have minors been allowed to consent to medical procedures without an adult or guardian’s permission?
One Twitter user said it best:
“I know you’re not that bright, Eric, but yes, patients are in charge of their own medical treatment, and clients are in charge of their own legal proceedings. People hire “experts” to advise and provide services, not override their autonomy.”
I know you're not that bright, Eric, but yes, patients are in charge of their own medical treatment, and clients are in charge of their own legal proceedings. People hire "experts" to advise and provide services, not override their autonomy.
— Antonio (@djtechchicago) November 10, 2022