During yesterday’s Kentucky Senate debate, Rand Paul reiterated his support for abolishing the Department of Education, but then added that getting the federal government out of local schools would shield schoolchildren from learning about gay people:
PAUL: I would rather the local schools decide things. I don’t like the idea of somebody in Washington deciding that Susie has two mommies is an appropriate family situation and should be taught to my kindergardener at school. That’s what happens when we let things get to a federal level. I think I would rather have local school boards, teachers, parents, people in Paduka deciding about your schools and not have it in Washington.
Currently, there is a legislative prohibition on the federal government getting involved with local curriculum, even though several states have led a movement to establish common standards and President Obama and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan have expressed support for the effort.
Unfortunately, despite the recent spate of LGBT suicides and overwhelming evidence that children who learn about gay people at an early age grow up to be more tolerant adults, Paul’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, didn’t challenge Paul’s assertion and instead said that the Department provides local schools with critical funding.
Paul’s comments echo recent remarks by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) who said that if someone is openly gay, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom.