(LifeSiteNews) — A Democrat state legislative candidate in Virginia is under fire for a resurfaced video denigrating parents for wanting to have a say in the content of their children’s lessons in public schools.
In 2021, amid the gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and the eventual victor, Republican Glenn Youngkin, Jessica Anderson posted a video to TikTok declaring, “I’m sorry, but I’ve seen some of the parents that live in Virginia. You should not be dictating what your daughter and son’s curriculums look like. If you want to do that, there’s a thing called homeschool. Indoctrinate them there, but not in my kids’ public schools. So please go vote for Terry, please and thank you, vote. Vote like your life depended on it. Thank you.”
🚨Jessica Anderson, a Democrat running for Delegate in District 71, recorded a TikTok trashing Virginia parents who are involved in their children’s education as “crazy.”
We need to elect Republicans who believe #ParentsMatter – just like Governor @GlennYoungkin famously said. pic.twitter.com/pXhV2Fso8e
— ROOZ (@ROOZVA) May 4, 2023
Parental involvement in education was one of the key issues to which Youngkin’s victory was attributed, coming as part of a larger national backlash against schools promoting left-wing ideological concepts such as critical race theory (CRT), the thesis that American institutions are rigged against minorities to perpetuate white supremacy, in the classroom.
Anderson is now running for the 71st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates as a pro-abortion, pro-Black Lives Matter, pro-“LGBTQIA+,” pro-mask, and pro-COVID-19 vaccine candidate who opposes legislation limiting the promotion of LGBT ideas and CRT in the classroom.
Her 2021 video resurfaced last week, with opponents citing it as an example of the same type of hostility to parental rights and concerns that came to define McAuliffe.
There are countless reasons to conclude modern sex-education is less about critical thinking and more about indoctrinating and sexualizing children at as young an age as possible.
Consider these 3 questions:
- Why are politicians around the world pushing radical transgender theories on children as young as 5?
- Why is the World Health Organization calling for 4 year-olds to be taught how to masturbate?
- Why are children in schools being shown graphic images of sex and told anything goes so long as consent is established, if not to encourage our sons and daughters to become sexually active?
A sane society would try to shield impressionable children from becoming sexualized, and encourage them not to watch pornography, take puberty blockers or mutilate their genitalia, but our schools increasingly promote these behaviors.
In reality, the media, most politicians, and many education chiefs are obliterating a parent's ability to protect their child's innocence and identity.
We must realize: these elites want children to have THEIR values, not YOURS. SIGN THE PLEDGE!
The results of this explicit, inappropriate sex-saturated culture and education have been startling: there have never been more children claiming to be transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual, nor have we ever seen such high levels of sexual assaults by minors.
BREAKING: Loudoun County father who was dragged out of woke school board meeting reveals his daughter was 'raped' in the girls' bathroom by a 'skirt-wearing' male student who was arrested for assaulting a SECOND girl months later - but staff did nothinghttps://t.co/awoZcVQx3l— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 12, 2021
This nut could end up being your child’s teacher and you wouldn’t even find out the craziness they’re teaching until your kid tells you about it. If you aren’t disturbed after watching this, you’re a lunatic. School choice is the civil rights issue of our generation. pic.twitter.com/y1V3Rotx9k— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 17, 2021
Countless politicians, media personalities and education chiefs are too busy promoting woke trends to realize that sexualizing minors amounts to grooming, and has devastating consequences in many cases.
Children whose inhibitions are broken down risk addiction to pornography, teenage pregnancy, STDs, gender dysphoria, online shaming, and a whole host of other negative outcomes.
Parents, not the government, must be in control of what their child is taught about sex.
Just listen to the type of materials public schools in the U.S. are promoting:
That's why we are asking you to sign the Parents' Pledge that you will pull your children out of sex-education classes if your school chooses to sexualize your child.
The Parents' Pledge is our best chance of winning back our children's schools before they're entirely lost to radical sex-obsessed teachers' unions who are foisting these curricula on teachers.
Do you really want other adults deciding what your child is exposed to? Of course not.
Please share this brand new grassroots Parents' Pledge with like-minded parents and join a growing movement of mothers and fathers who are wise to the threat of their child being led into sexual activity.
Most teachers are disturbed by their unions' push to sexualize children
Planned Parenthood tells middle-schoolers about avoiding parental consent for abortion and contraception
The corrupting influence of sex-education is causing widespread abuse among school children
Anderson responded to the controversy by telling Fox News that she “absolutely believe[s] we should be able to question our students’ education” and “have an active role in the education process,” while at the same time adding that she opposes letting “singular parents dictate the entire structure of the curricula, that all students are being taught.”
But Anderson struck a more defiant tone in a video response, telling parents, “I want you to take an active role in your child’s education, but again, you shouldn’t be writing the curriculum, and that’s what the video was about.” She went on to claim that the video was really about the fact that Youngkin’s own children were not in public school at the time and therefore would not be affected if he “tanks our public education system.”
Here’s the deal, I will not be allowing others to misrepresent my words. I also will NOT let GOP legislators destroy our families access to quality public education and building relationships with their educators and staff. pic.twitter.com/YQM8T7scLS
— Jessica Anderson For VA HouseofDelegates (@JessAnderson4VA) May 5, 2023
Her explanation has not impressed parents’ advocates.
Anderson “clearly demonstrates she is not willing or able to represent every parent in her district,” Unleash America PAC honorary chairman Hung Cao told Fox. “As a taxpayer, parent, and product of Virginia Public Schools, this is incredibly offensive. Someone who minimizes the role of parents, and suggests our desire to be involved is indoctrination, doesn’t deserve to be in a position of leadership.”
“Yet again, left liberal progressives are making it clear that they don’t want parents to have a say in their child’s education,” Youngkin spokeswoman Macaulay Porter told the Daily Caller. “Virginians across the Commonwealth continue to reject candidates that seek to shut parents out, indoctrinate our kids, and lower expectations of our students.”
On his first day in office, Youngkin issued a series of executive actions, including a ban on promoting CRT in public schools and a request for an investigation of the Loudoun County School District over allegations it covered up the rape of a female student by a gender-confused male. Last August, his administration unveiled model policies to ensure parents’ ability to access, review, and have alternatives to sex-related educational materials.
Despite Anderson’s suggestion that such policies would “tank” education in Old Dominion, U.S. News & World Report’s recently-updated rankings of state education quality place Virginia as the eleventh best in the nation (Florida, which since 2019 has been moving even more aggressively in the same direction, is number one).