AIM asks Congress the important questions about your child’s education
September 25, 2023
AIM President Adam Guillette visited Capitol Hill to ask elected officials the burning questions facing education today. This comes after months of undercover investigations into public school systems throughout the country, revealing that school administrators and teachers are continuing to teach Critical Race Theory and related subjects despite the presence of laws banning such topics in K-12 schools.
Several lawmakers including Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif. 47) refused to answer questions, and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn. 5th), who said she was “late for a committee”.
Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif. 10) did, however, spare some time to answer our questions. When asked, “Do you think students should be taught that America is systemically racist?”, the congressman replied, “I think students should be taught accurate history. And racism is part of accurate history.”
He is asked the question again, “Is America systemically racist?”and finally, DeSaulnier relented, saying, “Yes.”
Guilllette approached another California Democrat, Scott Peters (50) and asked, “Should students be taught that capitalism is inherently racist?” to which he replied simply in an inspiring statement, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Texas Reps. Troy Nehls (R-22) and Chip Roy (R-21) said “No!” in response to the same lines of questioning, though interestingly enough AIM’s extensive undercover reporting in his home state of Texas, showed that even their schools aren’t safe from CRT.
Indiana Rep. Andre Carson (D-7), a leader in a state that was the subject of multiple AIM investigations, seemed taken aback and confused by the questions, ultimately replying that “America’s a great country and that’s the key.”
AIM moved on to a simpler question: “At what grade should students meet their first drag queen?” This elicited much more passionate responses from both sides.
Illinois Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill. 6th) was displeased with Guillette’s presence and question altogether, recommending that AIM’s president “get a real job.”
DeSaulnier found the question amusing, and answered, “I don’t know.”
Then, Seth Magazine (D-R.I. 2) said, “I think that these should be local decisions made by families, not the federal government.”
On the other side of the political aisle, Roy replied that students should “Never, really” meet a drag queen.
Nehls had a stronger response saying, “Absolutely never, ever. Shameful.”
It has become increasingly clear that the issues facing American education are more divided than ever. AIM will continue to hold school and government officials accountable for their decisions and lies until America’s children are safe from radical ideologies.