This is very fun

DeVos is a strong advocate of charter schools and allowing parents to use vouchers for private and religious schools in the name of “choice”. Teachers’ unions condemned her appointment as a blow to equality of opportunity.

Definitely going to piss off the educational establishment – good. But what’s really fun is the Guardian’s use of the “” around choice. They can’t even admit to themselves that it really does just mean choice.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, said: “Her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers – which take away funding and local control from our public schools – to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense. These schemes do nothing to help our most vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps.

“She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education. By nominating Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration has demonstrated just how out of touch it is with what works best for students, parents, educators and communities.”

The thing is Lily, charter schools and vouchers really, really, work, in gaining a better education for poor children.

8 comments on “This is very fun

  1. Public employee unions were created by executive order under Kennedy. Trump should just abolish them. Oh, and kill the NLRB while he’s at it. He won’t, of course, but he could.

  2. These schemes do nothing to help our most vulnerable students

    Of course, the American public schools have done well on this measure, eh?

    I’ve recently reached the conclusion that not even the most rapid, racist Klansman could have come up with a system to destroy the black man in America more perfect than the current combination of the welfare system, drug laws, and education system.

  3. Well charter schools and vouchers may well harm educators, and certainly harm their unions. Hence the squeal.
    But the object of production is consumption, so the quality of education received is what matters, not the interest of the supplier.

  4. Trump could say that as someone who was a Democrat for most of his life he’s going to return to FDR’s policy: no unions in the federal government.

  5. P.S. I’ve never seen the evidence about charter schools, but I can’t imagine that there would be such opposition if they didn’t work.

  6. ‘García will earn an annual salary of $283,124; other compensation can add $100,000.’ – WaPo

    Ms Lily makes big bucks making the school system kindergarten for teachers.

    The Department of Education should be eliminated*. Control of schooling returned to the states. States can decide if they will allow unions or not.

    *As well as hundreds of other alphabet agencies.

  7. “The thing is Lily, charter schools and vouchers really, really, work, in gaining a better education for poor children.”

    I am of this opinion.

    Is there data? (Links please)

    Miller grazie

    (Italian for “thanks and have a beer”)

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