Residents of the Linn-Mar Community School District in Iowa have been in an uproar since board member Rachel Wall made the controversial statement that public education is “not to teach kids what parents want.” Wall’s comment has sparked debates throughout the community, with some parents arguing that the district should not be trying to impose its own views on students and others saying that schools should encourage students to think critically. According to Fox News, the Linn-Mar school board has been considering introducing a new “student-centered teaching” approach, which would involve shifting the focus away from traditional forms of instruction and instead emphasize student-led discussions and inquiry-based learning. The proposal has been met with both criticism and support from parents, with some seeing the approach as a way for the district to impose their own “woke” views on their students and others praising it as a way to help students become more engaged learners. One of the primary criticisms that some parents have is that the new approach could be used to indoctrinate students with a political left ideology. Fox Bangor quoted one parent who asked, “What if the school district decides to teach my children about certain political ideologies, and I find it offensive?” Although the district has not yet stated what topics would be covered under the new approach, parents have expressed concern that the district could be using it to promote a certain viewpoint. The other major criticism is that the district is trying to take away the parent’s ability to teach their children the values and beliefs they believe in. Wall’s comment, which sparked the debate, is an example of this. While some parents agree that schools should encourage students to think critically and form their own opinions, they argue that this should not come at the expense of parents’ ability to instill their own values in their children. Geralyn Jones, the chair of a Moms for Liberty chapter in Iowa, said that she removed her children from the Linn-Mar Community School District due to its transgender policy that allows students to choose which locker rooms and bathrooms to use. Jones argued that the policy has created an unsafe environment for her children, saying that “the school district is promoting a culture of gender confusion.” The transgender policy is just one of many issues that Jones has had with the district. She also believes that the district is trying to indoctrinate students with its “woke” views and has accused the board of wanting to “control the thoughts of the children.” Jones has become a leading voice in the debate and has been an outspoken critic of the district. She has been working to build support for her cause and to raise awareness about the issues that she believes the district is facing. The debate in Linn-Mar has highlighted the deep divides that exist between parents when it comes to the role of public education. While some parents believe that schools should focus on teaching traditional academic subjects and stay out of political debates, others argue that schools should be teaching students about the world around them and helping them to think critically about the issues that matter to them. The Linn-Mar Community School District has sparked a much-needed discussion about the role of public education and the importance of allowing parents to teach their children the values they believe in. It remains to be seen what the board will decide to do, but one thing is certain: parents will be watching closely to make sure that their children’s education is not used as a political tool. The debate in Linn-Mar has highlighted the importance of having an open dialogue between parents and the school district, and opened up the opportunity for parents to have a louder voice in their children’s education. As more districts consider introducing student-led, inquiry-based learning, it is essential that parents are kept in the loop and that their opinions are respected. Ultimately, it is up to the school board to decide how best to approach public education, but it is clear that parents should be given the opportunity to shape their children’s education and ensure that it is aligned with their values.