Bill Maher tonight took on the Spring Valley school confrontation tonight and ended up going off on bad parenting, saying that parents used to be on the same page as teachers, but now parents end up siding with their kids over the teachers a lot more.
And then, basically, “underzealous parenting” can lead to overzealous policing.
Maher said it’s obviously “horrendous to treat a child like this,” but said he has “sympathy for people in authority” who get frustrated when students like the one in the confrontation don’t listen to direct instructions like to stop using their phones in class.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters pointed out that in many cases, it’s not fair to assume all the students have parents, and noted how some of them may just come from difficult homes.
Nonetheless, Maher thought it frustrating that parents these days are trying to just “constantly negotiate with their children” instead of telling them they shouldn’t be talking back to teachers.
Watch above, via HBO.
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