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Parents scorch Biden's Education Sec. Cardona for claiming teachers know what's best for 'their' kids

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United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was roundly criticized after saying teachers, not parents, know what is best for 'their' kids.

"Teachers know what is best for their kids because they are with them every day. We must trust teachers," Sec. Cardona tweeted Friday.

Responses criticizing the statement ranged from anger and disappointment to flat out mockery. The panning came from parents, politicians, presidential candidates, his predecessor, and many others.
"Parents know what is best for their kids because they raise them every day. We must trust parents. Fixed it for you, @SecCardona," wrote Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley, formerly South Carolina's governor.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who filed paperwork earlier this week to make a bid for the presidency, challenged the remark, saying "Whose kids?"

"I'll say it again: You misspelled parents," wrote Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education during the Trump administration.

"No, Mr. Secretary. Parents know what's best for their kids. We must trust parents," wrote Sen. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.).

"I’m with my kids every day, every night, every weekend. I have been raising my son since conception. I’ve been raising my daughter since adoption. My husband and I know what is best for OUR kids. We can’t blindly trust teachers simply because they are teachers," said former American sports broadcaster Michele Tafoya, appending a #parents hashtag.

"'Their kids.' Good lord," wrote political analyst Brit Hume.

A response from CatholicVote simply said "nope."

Many responses from lesser known accounts were quite blunt, and did not shy away from using some salty language to describe their feelings about the message.

Sec. Cardona's statement comes on the heels of a contentious Congressional hearing earlier this week addressing how and whether Title IX applies to transgender-identifying students.

GOP lawmakers at the hearing emphasized that Title IX is intended to ensure fairness for women and girls in sports, as ABC News reported.

"Would you say it'd be fair for me [at] anytime in this process, high school up until 30 years old, that I had a chance to box or wrestle with your daughter, competing with your daughter," asked Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah), a former professional football player.

"It's my responsibility and my privilege to make sure that all students have access," Sec. Cardona responded.

Other topics addressed in the House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing included Attorney General Merrick Garland's controversial 2021 memo about threats toward school board members, student loan debt plans, COVID school closures, and critical race theory in schools.

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