Creigh Deeds Democratic candidate for Governor hits his Republican opponent, Bob McDonnell again with 20-year old thesis quotes. This time it is McDonnell’s education views at the time.
According to Deeds:
McDonnell Voted Against Increasing Teachers’ Salaries Across His Career. In Bob’s last year as a delegate, he voted to kill a proposal to bring the average salary for teachers in Virginia to the national average by 2010. Bob also voted against pay increases for teachers in 2003. In addition, Bob was one of only a handful of delegates to vote against budgets that included salary increases three times (2000, 1999, 1995).
State Should Educate Students to “Minimum Level of Self-Sufficiency”. “The state government has a legitimate role to ensure that family members are educated and socialized in order to operate at a minimum level of self-sufficiency.” (“The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issues of the Decade,” Thesis by Bob McDonnell, Page 15)
McDonnell Questioned the “Validity” of Public Schools. McDonnell wrote, “while the validity and effectiveness of public education is beyond the scope of this paper, it is highly doubtful that the secular school environment is the proper forum for such a program, particularly in light of current First Amendment jurisprudence.” (“The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issues of the Decade,” Thesis by Bob McDonnell, Page 43)
In 1989, McDonnell Wrote That Public Schools Had Impaired Students. “The vast majority of American children have been educated in the public school system, in which textbooks and courses of instruction are increasingly oriented to humanist values and a secular philosophy. The undermining of respect for parental authority in favor of state direction or individual autonomy, and the contemporaneous purging of religious influence in public schools has impaired the development of healthy family members. Values that had historically provided strength to the family, such as firm discipline and corporal punishment, patriotism, and academic achievement, were either attacked, or given token attention.” (“The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issues of the Decade,” Thesis by Bob McDonnell, Page 7)
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Election 2009, Politics, State Politics
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