Fox Host: ‘There Really Shouldn’t Be Public Schools’ Anymore

Fox host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery suggested getting rid of the nation’s public schools during a discussion on Thursday’s “Outnumbered.”

Kennedy’s comments came during a segment about an Oklahoma bill, approved by a House committee, that seeks to eliminate AP US History. The bill asserts that the current iteration of the course doesn’t show “American exceptionalism,” instead highlighting “what is bad about America.”

“There really shouldn’t be public schools, should there?” Kennedy said. “I mean we should really go to a system where parents of every stripe have a choice, have a say in the kind of education their kids get because, when we have centralized, bureaucratic education doctrines and dogmas like this, that’s exactly what happens.”

Alex Ferrer, the show’s “OneLuckyGuy,” laughed off Kennedy’s comments before stressing the importance of accepting the good and the bad of American history.

Co-host Andrea Tantaros chimed in, saying the nation should “abolish the Department of Education” before Kennedy continued.

“You’re already paying for it with your taxes,” she said. “What if you got that money back, whichever, you know, county or city, however much they allocate to your child’s education? What if you got that back and you got to decide? And you had a say in your teachers and where your kids went to school.”

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