Tuesday, January 31, 2017

And the Winner IS....Betsy DeVos


And so, for those of you who didn't find out today, Betsy DeVos has secured the nomination for Secretary of Education chalking up a HUGE VICTORY in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee with an 12-11 vote strictly on party lines. Goodness! This sounds like it bodes well for bipartisan-collective-happy Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) moving forward.

So much for Trump's draining of the swamp.... 

I predict DeVos will be nominated by the full senate and, for all the whining and crying from the left over her nomination/confirmation and how it will DECIMATE the public education every child DESERVES and is ENTITLED to, there will be VERY LITTLE CHANGE over the course of the next four years. In fact, it appears that what will essentially occur is simply a changing of the guard, so to speak, from Democratic socialists to Republican statists

Same thing, different day in the DOE under now-POTUS Trump. 

While I do believe that Mrs. DeVos has good intentions, is probably a good woman and certainly appears to hold Christian beliefs, her lack of ANY kind of classroom experience at all will prevent her from really understanding any of the concerns grassroots activists and parents have with the meddling of DOE in state education concerns (ie; data collection, narrowing of curricula, over-testing under the guise of accountability, the takeover of AP and ACT by the College Board). In addition, how she is to understand education policy is beyond me.

Her cabinet - picked behind closed doors by what can only be assumed to be Jeb Bush himself - is CHOCK FULL of Jeb Bush wannabee's who love Common Core, School Choice (whatever that means) and the idea that you can give PUBLIC money to PRIVATE schools (vouchers) and have them maintain sovereignty over federal/state government mandates (such as come with the LGBT agenda).

I wish I had a brighter outlook for the future of public education with DeVos at the helm, but I don't. In fact, I'm going to take the Lloyd Dobbler approach ("Say Anything") - 
"If you start out depressed everything's kind of a pleasant surprise."