“I think about the kids. I think we need to stay focused on what’s right for kids. And I hope that adults would keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place, and serve the students that are there to be served.” - Betsy DeVos on April 5, 2018 according to The Dallas Morning News … Continue reading Dear Madame Secretary – Those Teachers Who Are Marching Are “Thinking About the Kids”
Our Public Schools Are Better Than the NCGA Would Want You to Believe
Our public schools are better than you may think. Probably a lot better. With the constant dialogue that “we must improve schools” and the “need to implement reforms,” it is imperative that we as a taxpaying public seek to understand all of the variables in which schools are and can be measured, and not all … Continue reading Our Public Schools Are Better Than the NCGA Would Want You to Believe
When Our Secretary of Education Chooses to Remain Uneducated About Public Education
From last Sunday's interview with Betsy DeVos by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes: Betsy DeVos: We have invested billions and billions and billions of dollars from the federal level And we have seen zero results. Lesley Stahl: But that really isn't true. Test scores have gone up over the last 25 years. So why do … Continue reading When Our Secretary of Education Chooses to Remain Uneducated About Public Education
The Fear, Ignorance, and Unwillingness of Betsy DeVos
“I have not-- I have not-- I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.” – Betsy DeVos, March 11, 2018 on 60 Minutes. In one part of the disastrous interview that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos did with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, DeVos revealed what many public school advocates have been screaming about … Continue reading The Fear, Ignorance, and Unwillingness of Betsy DeVos
A Big Can of Canned Answers – That Betsy DeVos Interview on 60 Minutes
Leslie Stahl presented a segment on Betsy DeVos. Stahl's overview of DeVos, her questions, and the canned answers that DeVos gave in response are worth viewing even if it makes you cringe a little. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/secretary-of-education-betsy-devos-on-guns-school-choice-and-why-people-dont-like-her/ The link also has a transcript.
The Ignorant Arrogance of Betsy DeVos and Her Bad Seating Charts
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tweeted the following on the afternoon of March 6th around three o'clock. It is simply ignorance and arrogance. Two photographs of a what she calls a "typical" classroom and she makes numerous claims that she thinks are stereotypical of American schools. Desks in rows Teacher in front of room lecturing … Continue reading The Ignorant Arrogance of Betsy DeVos and Her Bad Seating Charts
Why Betsy DeVos Necessitates a “Defense Against the Dark Arts”
When you teach a number of years coupled with the fact that social media has become such a mainstay in our culture, you have the opportunity to stay connected with former students much more easily. It is rather a humbling that these younger people (younger than I) would want to tell you about how their … Continue reading Why Betsy DeVos Necessitates a “Defense Against the Dark Arts”
The Privatization of North Carolina’s Public Schools – A Who’s Who
Remember Michelle Rhee’s visit to North Carolina last year for a “closed-door” meeting (February 7th ,2017) with lawmakers brokered by an educational lobbying body of business leaders called BEST NC (coupled with the NC GOP’s invitation to Betsy DeVos who had just been confirmed as Trump’s secretary of education)? It was another ominous omen of … Continue reading The Privatization of North Carolina’s Public Schools – A Who’s Who
The Chronic Unexcused Absenteeism of Betsy DeVos
As a teacher, if I worked the kind of schedule that Betsy DeVos worked, then I would be “nonrenewed” which is effectively fired. Before anyone says, “Well, teachers have tenure!” please be reminded that tenure really means having due-process rights and blatant absenteeism is hard to defend if it is not for medical leave or … Continue reading The Chronic Unexcused Absenteeism of Betsy DeVos
So, How Is That Betsy DeVos Thing Working Out For You?
It has been a year since Donald Trump made Betsy DeVos his selection as Secretary of Education and thus began a much maligned, yet brief tenure, of one of the most controversial cabinet members in recent history. DeVos’s resume coming into the office was not impressive and certainly one that displayed an unqualified individual whose … Continue reading So, How Is That Betsy DeVos Thing Working Out For You?