As reported here an elsewhere, Betsy DeVos has practically no experience that in any way qualifies her to lead the United States department of education. Not a single Democrat voted to confirm DeVos, but Republicans, with an assist from vice president Mike Pence, forced her confirmation through the Senate (this Republican support is explained, perhaps, by the fact that DeVos and her family have donated a reported $200 million to Republicans over the years).
Now in office, DeVos is already facing stiff resistance from teachers and other professionals in the education field. The New York Times describes DeVos’s early tenure as follows: “By the end of her first full week as the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos had already sparred with a middle school and a former schools chancellor in Washington, accused some of the school’s teachers of passively awaiting instruction and said she would be pleased if the department she currently runs did not exist in the future. She encountered an immediate display of the type of fierce resistance she will face as she tries to set new policies for the Education Department.”
Disturbingly, DeVos appears to disregard such resistance as some sort of conspiracy. Said DeVos, “I don’t think most of those are spontaneous, genuine protests. I think they’re all being sponsored and very carefully planned.” This very Trumpian response, of course, is unsupported by reality.
We encourage teachers, parents, and all those who value our nation’s public education system to continue to speak out against DeVos and her anti-public education agenda. She won’t be able to brush off such criticisms forever.