Nikki Haley Says Parents, Not Teachers, Should Teach Children Sex-Ed

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Florida took action on the issues of sex and gender in public education, but at least one presidential candidate thinks the state didn’t go far enough.

Nikki Haley, who previously served as the governor of South Carolina and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,  does not want schools teaching children about sexuality and gender. 

While Haley supports the idea behind Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, Haley criticized the bill for being insufficient.

Here is the key provision of the bill, which Florida governor and potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis signed into law in March 2022:


Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.


Haley appeared Friday morning, February 17 on WFEA, a Manchester, New Hampshire talk radio station, and told host Drew Cline that sex education does not belong in schools.

“It basically said, you shouldn’t talk about gender to any child before third grade,” she said, referring to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill. “That doesn’t even go far enough. When I was growing up, you didn’t have sex-ed until seventh grade and even then, your parents had to sign a permission slip. And guess what? My dad wouldn’t sign it. So I was the uncool kid sitting in the classroom next door. We’ve got to give control back to the parents. The parents are the ones who should be teaching their kids these things, not teachers.”

Haley has not yet announced her policy platform, and she did not say what she thinks the federal government should do to prevent discussions of sex and gender in schools.

Haley formally announced her presidential bid on Tuesday, February 14. She did an event at Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, New Hampshire on Thursday night. On Friday night, she was scheduled to appear at an event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.

At the Exeter event, she received an endorsement from Don Bolduc, a U.S. Army veteran who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire in 2020 and 2022.

“We have no better representation of the American dream than Nikki Haley,” Bolduc said at the Exeter event. “The daughter of legal immigrants who came to this country, well educated and came here and got an education here and made a life for themselves.”

Thus far, the Republican primary field includes Haley; former President Donald Trump; former Cranston, Rhode Island mayor Steve Laffey; and former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. 


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