Well, let’s bring in Lil’s advents, as Mike reported, she was one of the teachers who were at that school board meeting yesterday. It’s great to have you this morning to tell me what’s going on behind the scenes, like when the teachers are talking to each other. What are they saying?
There’s thank you very much for having me, first of all, there’s mixed emotion, I believe that most teachers do want the best for their students and for the families of these students. But at the same time, there seems to be a divide. One side is OK with the narrative that we are pushing using to indoctrinate our children. The other side isn’t the side that I am on, unfortunately, am very afraid to come forward. They’re very afraid to lose their jobs.
They’re afraid of the backlash. And as you know, Loudoun County is notoriously known to go after those that do not agree with them.
So why did you decide to speak out?
Because these children are the future of this country, and if you love this country, you will do anything and everything to stand up for the vulnerable population and that is our children. They cannot stand up for themselves. They cannot speak for themselves. They fear retaliation. It’s up to us adults, parents and teachers alike to come together and speak up for them for the sake of this country.
It seems to me like there’s a real grassroots movement and those can often be very effective. How do you see the debate going right now and where do you think it will be headed by the time we get to back to school in September?
That’s a great question, I think if we continue this path that we are on if we continue showing up and holding our school boards accountable, holding the schools accountable, holding the elected officials accountable, then we can start to see some pushback. It is important for us to form an alliance with local parents, teachers, and students so that we can have an army of like-minded individuals who simply want the best so it doesn’t stop here. This is just the beginning, but we are excited to be part of this and we have to keep moving forward for the sake of our children, for the sake of the betterment of this country, for the people who are on the other side of where you are, who say that this is just a chance to get people a different point of view and we’re trying to open people’s minds, how do you respond to that criticism?
Because I think that they might seem a little surprised by the pushback.
It seems to be very one-sided. They talk about the anti-bullying initiative and love is welcome here. And it seems to me that they always talk about equity and inclusion, but it’s only including those that have a specific mindset. So we’re not including conservative students. We’re not including conservative teachers and parents, but we’re only inclusive with those that are divisive, those that don’t want the best for their children, those that don’t want the best for the school board and the best for the future of this country.
So they might be screeching from the rooftops that they’re all about the inclusive city, but they’re really not. And that’s very, very obvious in these school board meetings. Have you ever seen anything like the response from parents in your teaching career so far as to this issue on critical race theory?
Honestly, prior to the last 16 months of chaos, nobody knew who was on their school board, nobody knew who was on the Board of Supervisors, nobody really understood the impact that our local politics have directly on our lives. Now, parents realize that our local elected officials have more power than any other politician. And if we are not getting involved at the local level, then there’s no there’s really no hope for the future. We have to start grassroots locally.
So we are seeing parents in this county, in the state of Virginia and across the country forming an alliance, standing up for their kids. And it is amazing to see and local government is where you can have a big impact, will it? Thank you so much for being on today.
Thank you very much. God bless.