Seemingly determined to keep his name in the news, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has once again made headlines, this time for his calls to remove history and science from the elementary school curriculum.
Rather than his typical sermon-like delivery, Robinson’s idea to remove fundamental parts of education was revealed in his soon-to-be-released memoir, which WRAL recently reported on.
Excerpts from his memoir reaffirm Robinson’s potential candidacy for governor in 2024 as well as Robinson’s commitment to limiting public education. However, Robinson expanded on his previous assertions by saying he would eliminate the State Board of Education and that he would work to remove social studies and science from elementary school curricula.
“In those grades, we don’t need to be teaching social studies,” he writes. “We don’t need to be teaching science. We surely don’t need to be talking about equity and social justice.”
For a wide variety of reasons, this would be truly terrible for the state of North Carolina and for the children in our public schools. Robinson is attributing baseless talking points from the GOP’s culture war to the absolute fundamentals of a sound education. But the ramifications of stripping public education of such a core set of topics would devastate the business-friendly economy that North Carolina has cultivated and would lead to children in North Carolina lagging behind the rest of the country in education, right from the start of kindergarten.
Throughout his entire political career, Robinson has been telling North Carolinians exactly what he thinks – in 2024 North Carolinians can return the favor by voting him out of office.