New York Times: DeVos teaches the value of ignorance

‘“Government really sucks.’ This belief, expressed by the just-confirmed education secretary, Betsy DeVos, in a 2015 speech to educators, may be the only qualification she needed for President Trump,” as the New York Times editorial board is reporting.

“Ms. DeVos is the perfect cabinet member for a president determined to appoint officials eager to destroy the agencies they run and weigh the fate of policies and programs based on ideological considerations.

“She has never run, taught in, attended or sent a child to an American public school, and her confirmation hearings laid bare her ignorance of education policy and scorn for public education itself. She has donated millions to, and helped direct, groups that want to replace traditional public schools with charter schools and convert taxpayer dollars into vouchers to help parents send children to private and religious schools.

“While her nomination gave exposure to an honest and passionate debate about charter schools as an alternative to traditional public schools, her hard-line opposition to any real accountability for these publicly funded, privately run schools undermined their founding principle as well as her support. Even champions of charters, like the philanthropist Eli Broad and the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, opposed her nomination.

“In Ms. DeVos, the decades-long struggle to improve public education gains no visionary leadership and no fresh ideas. Her appointment squanders an opportunity to advance public education research, experimentation and standards, to objectively compare traditional public school, charter school and voucher models in search of better options for public school students.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

8 thoughts on “New York Times: DeVos teaches the value of ignorance”

  1. The family donated money to every Republican Senator in the last election – no conflict of interest 😦 😦 😦

  2. During the Bush Adm. she and her husband each donated 1/2 million bucks to the RNC. Within 90 days a rider was attached to a bill that gave them a $3-4 million a year tax break ever since. Pay to play is the theme of the republican plutocrats and now she has been rewarded once again for her/their contributions.

  3. It’s Bannon in drumpf’s ear. He wants to destroy the government and the best way is to put people in charge of each department with that in mind. Every single appointment seems to echo that sentiment. It also helps that they are all wealthy and ‘own’ most of the Congress. Bannon got his power from complimenting drumpf so he could sign an executive order giving him extraordinary powers. It’s truly frightening!

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