Have We Taken a Wrong Turn?

Progressive politics in education
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For decades, progressives lobbied and fought for the rights of women to have fair opportunities to participate in competitive sports. Today, progressives are passionately lobbying and fighting for the inclusion of biological males in those same sports.

For decades, progressives rightly fought for desegregation and equality, as well as access to high quality education for all. Today, progressives defend the concept of segregation while lowering the academic standards in the name of equity.

For years, we have heard progressives rage against the separation of children from their parents by our government as they enter our country illegally at the border. Today, progressives adamantly support government schools that separate children from their parents through policies and agendas that keep vital information from parents, sometimes leading to devastating outcomes. Have progressives lost their way?

C.S. Lewis wisely acknowledged that sometimes progress can mean doing an about face: 

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world it’s pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We’re on the wrong road. And if that is so we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.”

Is it time we pause and ask ourselves where we want to be? Have we taken a “wrong turn” in education? Do we need to do an about face in order to protect the next generation of girls and women in all areas of life? Is it time to get back on the right road in regards to understanding, appreciating, and safeguarding the innocence of childhood and the immense value of the nuclear family as primary nurturer and caregiver? 

The majority of Americans currently believe we are heading in the wrong direction. Many factors play into that notion, but some have become glaringly clear these past few years. While we depend on legislators to take the lead in regard to protecting women’s sports, it will be mainly up to parents, grandparents, and concerned citizens to advocate for quality education and parents’ rights on the local level. It is going to take courageous parents and teachers speaking up against the sullying of childhood innocence through curriculum and supplemental materials in schools. And, it will take the community as a whole to demand a restoration of high quality rigorous standards in the public education system. Our tax dollars fund it. Our children (and grandchildren) rely on it. The future of our country depends on it. 

Beanie Geoghegan
Beanie Geoghegan is the Chapter Lead for No Left Turn in Education KY. She is a former teacher and reading interventionist and is the mother of four grown readers, writers, and independent thinkers.