Donald Trump’s former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, opened himself up to a barrage of mockery on Twitter with his, let’s just say, novel idea for public education.

“I think parents should decide what their children are taught in schools. That is all,” Pompeo declared in a tweet Tuesday.

I think parents should decide what their children are taught in schools. That is all.

— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) October 5, 2021

It’s unclear what prompted the post. Hours earlier, Pompeo railed in another tweet against the teaching of critical race theory in schools.

His previous hot takes on the issue ― a popular topic in conservative media ― have gone awry.

This time, critics imagined what could happen if Pompeo’s idea that parents exert total control and “decide what their children are taught in schools” actually materialized.


Nazis? Pagans? Scientologists? Preppers? So kill the system that worked since 1867, that gave us a collective, shared knowledge, uniting us? Instead, your dumb-ass thinks we should let people who think vaccines have tracking chips and suck on horse dewormer, teach children? GTFOH

— Titus (@TitusNation) October 6, 2021

This made me laugh out loud. Before I had read who posted it, I actually thought it was a pretty solid joke for situation comedy or a timeline cleanser.

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 5, 2021

What Mike means is that he wants parents who look and think like him to suppress voting in regions where they might struggle to win elections, so they can elect politicians who care only about them and who will require schools to teach alternate facts to all the children.

— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 6, 2021

I think parents should decide that schools teach their children that Mike Pompeo was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the US. Am I doing this right Mike?

— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) October 5, 2021

I work in a public school.Working with children.We teach them curriculum they need to learn.Day in and day out.We don’t ask their parents to tell us what to teach them.And I don’t tell my kids’ 3rd & 6th grade teachers what I want them to teach.Because I’m not an asshole.

— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) October 5, 2021

Then home school your children.

— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) October 6, 2021

I think my kids shouldn't be subjected to what another parent learns on their Facebook feed.

— Rachel, Extreme Masker (@rreedsing) October 5, 2021

Count on leaders of the GOP to consistently have the worst take.Teach them your propaganda at home.Schools teach science, facts and history.

— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) October 6, 2021

You lost us at "I think," Mike.

— Frank Amari (@FrankAmari2) October 5, 2021

Ah yes. This reminds me of when I had to get a permission slip from my parents before I could learn algebra.

— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) October 6, 2021

Wow @mikepompeo what disrespect for professional educators and hardworking teachers and administrators.

— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat) October 6, 2021

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— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) October 5, 2021

I think Secretaries of State should stand up to treason instead of seeing it as a career opportunity. That is all.

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