Anyone who paid one second of attention to the race for governor of Virginia knows the defining issue in the race was education. More specifically, it was parental control in education.
Put another way — school choice. Well, Critical Race Theory also. But Iowa has already addressed that, sort of.
Now, having seen what putting parental rights in education front and center of a statewide campaign in a state Joe Biden allegedly won by double digits, Republicans here in Iowa have zero excuses not to pass school choice in January.
Zero. None. Nada. Zilch. Zippo.
And I’m not talking about last year’s attempt at limited school choice where only parents of students in failing schools would experience education savings accounts. I’m talking school choice for EVERYONE in the state of Iowa.
Parents want to have a say where their kids go to school and, more importantly, what happens inside the classrooms of those schools. Competition makes EVERYTHING better. Allowing more parents more choice to consume education will make education better in every aspect.
The biggest reservation some Republicans have about passing true school choice is it will cost them votes. Another is it will upset the teacher’s union.
But it isn’t that it’s the wrong thing to do. In fact, it’s right. It’s exactly right. It is literally what Iowa and America need to do in order to truly help get the country back on the right path.
The education system needs a serious shock. There is zero doubt that there is institutional indoctrination taking place in schools across this country where traditional values have been compromised and exchanged for “progressive” ideas. You know, like normalizing the idea kids can pick their gender and get comfortable using a urinal next to a biological female.
All in the name of “progress,” of course.
A Republican just won the governor’s race in Virginia. There was a double-digit swing if Virginia’s 2020 Presidential Election results were accurate. And what fueled that swing? Education issues.
School choice is not a losing issue for Republicans. It is a winning issue, as long as Republicans are willing to have the debate and go through the battle.
Too often Republicans who lack a backbone shy away from “controversial” issues out of fear of losing. Little do they know they automatically lose when they don’t even engage in the debate.
If it isn’t enough for Republicans to simply do the right thing when it comes to school choice, perhaps the results of last night’s Virginia election will embolden them to do it.