Nikole Hannah Jones, the architect of the New York Times’ controversial and anti-American “1619 Project” admitted in an interview that she does not believe parents have a right to determine what their children should learn in schools, according to Fox News.
On the most recent episode of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd had Jones on as a guest as part of the episode’s broader theme of “Schools, America, and Race.” Todd asked Jones if she intended “for The 1619 Project to become public school curriculum,” or if she instead wished for it “to start a debate to improve the curriculum of how we teach American history?”
Jones claimed that, although 1619 started out as a “work of journalism,” she believes that it has since involved into “a great learning tool for students.” She pointed to the Times’ partnership with the Pulitzer Center, which together, Jones says, “are constantly turning works of journalism into curriculum.”
When asked about the backlash that the project has faced, she responded by falsely claiming that 1619, and the broader subject of Critical Race Theory, of which 1619 is a prime example, “only became controversial because people have decided to make [it] controversial.”
“I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught,” Jones continued, before admitting to her lack of expertise in the area. “I’m not a professional educator. I don’t have a degree in social studies or science…we send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have expertise in the subject area. And that is not my job.”
Jones acknowledged that her comments were similar to those of Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.), the former Governor of Virginia who ultimately lost his bid for a second non-consecutive term this November; at the second and final debate between McAuliffe and Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.), McAuliffe openly said “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” His comments were widely seen as a key factor in his defeat, which was considered a massive political upset.
But Jones ultimately agreed with McAuliffe’s assertion nonetheless. “When the governor or the candidate said that…he was panned for that, but that’s just the fact. This is why we send our children to school and don’t home school. Because these are the professional educators who have the expertise to teach social studies, to teach history, to teach science, to teach literature, and I think we should leave that to the educators.”