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Old 06-18-2020, 11:33 PM
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You don't have a degree, so you're too stupid to decide your family's interest...

You can taste the condescension in her words...


NHDem Senator: Working-Class Parents Don’t Have Intelligence to Oversee Their Kids’ Educations


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Working-class parents without college degrees aren’t capable of overseeing their own children’s education, according to comments State Sen. Jeanne Dietsch (D-Peterborough) made during a House Education Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Dietsch was speaking on behalf of a Senate bill that would repeal a law allowing the state Board of Education to create an alternative program for granting graduation credits, which became Learn Everywhere.

“This idea of parental choice, that’s great if the parent is well-educated. There are some families that’s perfect for. But to make it available to everyone? No. I think you’re asking for a huge amount of trouble,” Dietsch said.

“Is it your belief that only well-educated parents can make proper decisions for what’s in the best interest of their children?” asked a dumbfounded Rep. Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro).

Rather than saying “no,” Dietsch instead repeated her view that parents without college degrees are less capable of overseeing their children’s education.


“In a democracy, and particularly in the United States, public education has been the means for people to move up to greater opportunities, for each generation to be able to succeed more than their parents have. My father didn’t graduate from high school, so it was really important that I went to college,” Dietsch said.

‘When it gets into the details, would my father have known what courses I should be taking? I don’t think so.”

When committee vice-chairman David Luneau tried to inject that Dietsch was not, in fact, saying parents without college were less fit to oversee their children’s education, Dietsch interrupted to reaffirm her position.

“If the dad’s a carpenter, and you want to become a carpenter, then yes — listen to your dad.”


One person less than impressed by the senator’s comments is Tim Hawes, owner of Perfection In Restoration in Candia, N.H.

With all due respect to the senator, I am a carpenter, and the idea that she, or any other government official, knows what’s best for me or any member of my family is preposterous, he told NHJournal. “The senator says she would be for allowing well-educated parents to choose, but that choice wouldn’t be for ‘everyone?’ I would ask the senator what her definition of well-educated is?

I may not have a degree, but I can guarantee that when it comes to decisions regarding my family’s interest I am far more educated and capable than any government official will ever be, Hawes said.
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Old 06-19-2020, 06:53 AM
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Based upon the actions of many of those we see out protesting, rioting and looting, apparently professional educators are not doing a very good job either. Perhaps instead of worrying about the ability of everyday families to dictate their own futures, the community she represents would be better served if this Senator were to focus on improving the level of education in the public school system.
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parents used to be smarter. more civic minded. I would have said it is their right to educate however, but even well meaning blue collar parents work so many hours I don't see how they would do it anyway.
some family member should stay home and hopefully get some guidance if they weren't teacher material to begin with. the internet is full of programs but you have to be up for teaching kids.
mom could stay home but not all moms are up to the challenge. if you are it doesn't mean everyone is.
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That is a horrible message to send from "leaders" anywhere....
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That is a horrible message to send from "leaders" anywhere....
you got a point
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