Debbie Squires, an education official for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, states that parents, 'may WANT what's best for their child,' but, 'they may not KNOW [what's best for their child].' During a Michigan House Committee meeting determining parents’ school choice, she claims that educators know better than parents when it comes to children.
Squires explains that, ‘educators go through education for a reason,” to later imply that child-caring requires special education. She elaborates that parents, or, ‘individual residents,’ lack the vision of ‘what actually is best from an education standpoint’ for their children.
Education Committee Chair Thomas McMillin strongly reacts, “Wow. Parents don’t know what’s best for their child.”
Yes, wow, that education raises teacher authority above parental authority. Wow, that teachers interpret better what each unique child needs most. Educators know a child through employment, but parents live with a child throughout life. Educators may want children to succeed, but they lack the type of love and sacrifice that is exclusive to parenting.
Perhaps educators need education not only on children, but also on parents - to learn that parents contain the ability to both want and know what’s best for their children at the same time.