Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is coming out in support of Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” bill, saying that it doesn’t go far enough.
The bill, which protects parental rights, prevents classroom discussion on gender identity and sexual orientation in the state’s K-3 grades, and forbids staff from concealing or encouraging students to conceal details of discussions from parents, was signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on March 28.
In a video posted to Twitter, Gabbard stated that parents’ rights are “under attack” across the United States because of government interference. She then went on to praise Florida’s Republican governor for signing the legislation, which she said would prevent the government from “indoctrinating” students.
“We should all support the Parental Rights in Education bill that recently passed in Florida, which very simply bans government and government schools from indoctrinating woke sexual values in our schools to a captive audience. A captive audience that is by law required to attend,” Gabbard said.
The former Hawaii congresswoman then said that she was “shocked” that the law’s provision banning classroom discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity only applied to “kids from kindergarten till third grade.”
“What about 12th grade or not at all? Now, government has no place in our personal lives, government has no place in our bedrooms,” Gabbard said.
“Parents are the ones responsible for raising their kids and instilling in them a moral foundation, not the government,” she added.
Gabbard went on to discuss how the education system is “failing” throughout the country, citing statistics that 34% of American students read below the “basic reading level in the fourth grade” and 25% of high school graduates are “functionally illiterate.”
While schools today seem to be focused on pushing woke politics, Gabbard thinks they need to concentrate more on teaching students the “fundamentals” to improve literacy rates.
“Now I’m confident that if our schools focused on educating our kids, teaching them the fundamentals — things like English, math, science, civics, [and] history — we would see our literacy rates improve and set our young people up for success. They’ll be thinking logically, they’ll be thinking critically and thinking for themselves. This is what our public schools should focus on,” she concluded.