Betsy DeVos, nomination for Secretary of Education

No matter how you feel about the results of the 2016 Election, if you care one iota about the US public school system, you will telephone your senators before Tuesday and urge them to reject Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Her deer-in-the-headlights performance in the committee hearing should be enough to convince the most committed partisans of her party that Betsy DeVos is not a suitable choice to lead the Department of Education.

Apart from her evident lack of knowledge regarding public education, DeVos’s advocacy of school vouchers and privately run charter schools is enough to disqualify her.

US public schools are not perfect, but what we have is a lot better than what we would have under privatization.

We don’t need a Secretary of Education who wants to destroy the American public school system by siphoning tax monies into the private sector.

We need a Secretary who knows something about teaching. We need a Secretary who realizes that some of the responsibility for the lowered academic effectiveness of public education lies at the door of the Department of Education.

Fewer regulations, better-qualified principals and superintendents, less social engineering, and more effective teacher preparation and teaching methods are what we need.

Tell your senator that we need a Secretary who will reform the Department of Education, not gut the public school system.

Betsy DeVos is abysmally unqualified to be Secretary of Education. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the following links:

The DeVos committee hearing (highlights)

DeVos on safeguards for children with disabilities

DeVos on guns in schools

Buying legislation in Michigan