During a speech at the White House Rose Garden honoring national and state teachers of the year, President Joe Biden’s suggestion that children across the nation are not solely the responsibility of their parents but instead belong to the whole country to raise has sparked outrage and criticism. The President quoted a former teacher, but his statement drew comparisons to Karl Marx, who opposed the traditional nuclear family.
Many social media users, politicians, and parents criticized Biden for implying that the political left and the state have ownership over the children of the country. The controversy arises amidst the Biden administration and left-leaning advocates’ push for schools to have the power to withhold information from parents concerning their children’s mental health issues and if they are seeking gender transition therapy.
BIDEN: "There's no such thing as someone else's child. No such thing as someone else's child. Our nation's children are all our children." pic.twitter.com/U5VursxCjH
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 24, 2023
According to Fox News:
“There is no such thing as someone else’s child. No such thing as someone else’s child. Our nation’s children are all our children,” Biden said, quoting a former teacher during a speech in the White House Rose Garden honoring the 2023 national and state teachers of the year.
“This is that Hillary Clinton, it takes a village nonsense,” one critic wrote, referencing former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s controversial and highly scrutinized book, “It Takes a Village.”
“As the great Senator Bob Dole said in 1996, ‘It doesn’t take a village to raise a child. It takes a family to raise a child,'” they added.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told Biden he was “absolutely wrong” in his claim, while 1776 Project PAC, a group dedicated to electing candidates opposed to the teaching of “woke” subjects in schools, wrote, “The left believes they own your kids.”
Mr. President, you are absolutely wrong. https://t.co/lwwEolunj0
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) April 24, 2023
“This is why [Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.] and I introduced amendments last month to, respectively, abolish the Department of Education and short of that, to block grant $ to the states,” Roy added.
Numerous Twitter users criticized President Joe Biden’s recent quote, deeming it a communist idea that promotes the notion of the state raising children instead of parents. This concept has been historically linked to communist regimes, where the state seeks to create a complicit population. Parents, on the other hand, believe that they have the right to raise their children based on their own values, including religious beliefs. The primary role of teachers is to educate children and equip them with the skills they need to become successful adults, not to promote the ideology of the state, the Biden administration, or teachers unions.