A Pennsylvania school board member has a message for parents: “No, I don’t work for you.”
Robinson wrote that local school boards require a public comment opportunity for parents and other community members to voice their opinions on school-related issues, but there has been a major shift recently.
“This provision gives residents of a school district the option to blow off steam on exorbitant taxes or demand that subjects be properly taught as they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War. In the past, more often than not, no one showed up,” Robinson said. “Not these days. As social media, national news shows and our local newspapers tell us, school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future.”
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Robinson wrote that some community members interpret the public comment portion of school board meetings to show “why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot”.
“Some in my community seem to interpret this part of council meetings as an opportunity to tell council members why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot and how the school district should address real issues” , the school board member wrote.
Robinson’s essay drew a backlash from Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education, who told Fox News Digital that the school board member was making fun of parents.
“Far too many elected officials have shown over the past two years that ‘consent of the governed’ is nothing more than an embarrassing speed bump on the road to advancing their unpopular agendas,” Neily said. “Making fun and dismissing community concerns can be cathartic for petty dictators, but it’s not the path to electoral success.”
“Making fun and dismissing community concerns can be cathartic for petty dictators, but it’s not the path to electoral success.”
In his op-ed, the school board member also shared some of his “positions” and said he was not “working” for the taxpayers.
“With all due respect to the men and women who scold, ‘I’m a taxpayer! You work for me!’ No, I don’t work for you. I was elected by people who voted to represent you,” Robinson wrote.
In the list of “positions” written, Robinson also states that parents do not “always” know what is best for their child.
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“Do parents not always know what is best for their child? No, we don’t. However, if you are offended because I don’t believe parents are infallible, you can always sue or remove your child from school. Your choice,” Robinson wrote.
“If you are offended because I don’t believe parents are infallible, you can always sue or remove your child from school. Your choice.”
Robinson also wrote that parents who claim that “health and safety measures” harm children’s mental health to “justify their own social agenda” are “the most offensive and despicable of all.”
“Listening to your repeated distortions of the facts is nauseating.”
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“Finally, with all due respect to charlatans who claim that health and safety measures are responsible for destroying the mental health of children simply to justify their own social agenda, you are the most offensive and vile of all,” writes Robinson.
“There are members of this community who have tried to draw attention to the warning signs of increasing mental distress in our children long before you thought of mental health as a potential cudgel. Listen to your repeated distortions of the facts is sickening.”