Utah Governor Spencer Cox talked on Meet the Press yesterday about the challenges of implementing his state’s new restrictions on kids’ use of social media. He also encapsulated his Republican Party’s view on education:
“Kids are really smart. That’s one of the problems,” he told host Chuck Todd [Kelly Garrity, “Utah’s Social Media Restrictions Won’t Be ‘Foolproof’, Governor Says,” Politico, 2023.03.26].
The Republican Party would have fewer problems winning elections if kids weren’t so darned smart, and if they didn’t grow up to be smart voters. That’s why Republicans are working so hard to wreck public education and turn kids away from critical thinking and toward mindless jingoism.
Kids are really smart. Let’s keep them that way, for the sake of democracy.