Cassidy Vines was so horrified by what a teacher in Texas allegedly told her that she is planning on home-schooling her daughter after Christmas break.
Vines told Glenn Beck on Monday that she recently began noticing a change in her daughter’s behavior. Her daughter — who is in kindergarten — started to “snap” at her when she corrected her homework, saying “I’m her mommy, not her teacher.”
Vines said a few days after her daughter first snapped at her, she started pronouncing a word incorrectly. Vines corrected her daughter “in the most gentle way possible,” but she said her daughter broke down crying, saying “that’s how she was taught, and I can’t tell her something different because I’m a mommy, not a teacher.”
Vines said she was horrified and asked, “Is somebody telling you this at school?”
“She said, ‘Yes, I’m only allowed to learn from my teacher,'” Vines remarked.
Vines requested to meet with the teacher several times, but said she never got a response. So she went to her routine parent-teacher conference “armed with a slew of questions,” hoping her daughter had misunderstood what was being said at school.
“I was prepared to listen to what the teacher had to say, just in case my daughter was maybe stretching the truth a bit,” Vines said. “I kept that in the back of my mind to bring up with the teacher, but I was more concerned at the time with her new attitude that she brought home from school.”
Vines said she explained what was happening, and kept waiting for the teacher to deny it, but it never happened.
“[The teacher] goes on to tell me that they try to discourage parents from introducing contradictory concepts to ‘our’ children,” Vines said. “Our children. As in the school’s children? I was a little baffled. And so when I started talking about my daughter, I emphasized my daughter. So I asked her, ‘Am I not allowed to help her with her homework?'”
Vines was shocked when the teacher allegedly responded that they “don’t want parents confusing the kids.”
Vines wrote on Glenn Beck’s Facebook wall about the incident, sharing how, in the same parent-teacher conference, the teacher allegedly said the pilgrims were “essentially America’s first terrorists.”
“Oh my gosh,” Beck said Monday, hearing Vines explain the whole story. “How old was this teacher?”
“She’s probably in her 30s,” Vines said. “She doesn’t look much older than me. I’m 27.”
“I don’t even know what to say about this,” Beck said. “I get so uptight about this stuff. This is the stuff that enrages me.”
Beck saluted Vines for making the decision to home-school her daughter, but asked how much longer parents will even have the option to home-school.
“If they’re already saying ‘These are our children’ and ‘Don’t listen to mommy and daddy’ — do you know what this is? You remember the Al Gore speech?” Beck said. “It was right after the election … when he called everyone in and would not allow any parents, any adults in there. It was just teenagers. … And what he said was, ‘Look, there are some things that your parents don’t know, that you just instinctively know.'”
Stu Burguiere added that MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry seemingly feels the same way, and once said in an MSNBC commercial: “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”
“I’m sorry,” Beck said. “But this is Hitler youth stuff. It is.”
Beck said the Department of Education must be “shut down,” and Vines’ story was “truly frightening.”
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