Education leaders and parents’ rights groups across the U.S. sounded off following First Lady Jill Biden’s suggestion that her husband, President Joe Biden, would always be “the education president.”
On Tuesday (July 4), at the annual NEA teacher’s union meeting, Jill Biden told attendees, “I knew that Joe would always be the education president,” saying that the President understands that the nation’s success depends on educators who “shape our students’ lives.”
The First Lady’s remarks sparked a wave of backlash from education leaders, who took issue with Biden’s education record. Among those criticizing Jill Biden’s comments was Sheri Few, Founder and President of United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE).
In a statement, Few highlighted that the First Lady was “accurate when it comes to Biden supporting the liberal NEA agenda” but noted that Biden is, in fact, “the most anti-parent education president” in U.S. history.
Few went on to recall that under the Biden administration, the Department of Justice “wanted to label parents as domestic terrorists for objecting to pornography” and Marxist theories being taught in schools.
The founder of USPIE noted that Biden’s White House Press Secretary also described trans children as “our kids” and suggested that the kids “belong to all of us.”
Jill Biden’s remarks came shortly after the U.S. received the worst “Nation’s Report Card” on math and reading reached the lowest levels in decades, which critics have blamed on Biden’s support of closures.
Parents Defending Education outreach director Erika Sanzi, also a former educator, explained that Biden had earned the title “education President” if it meant “sharing a bed with the teacher’s union,” keeping children out of school for a year and “presiding over the total evaporation of two decades.”