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Will Betsy DeVos Restart The ‘Education Wars’?


Will Betsy DeVos Restart The ‘Education Wars’?

Jeff Bryant

Education, which was hardly ever mentioned in the recent presidential election, has suddenly been thrust to the frontline in the increasingly heated conflict over President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet appointees. The reason for that turn of events is his choice of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Her nomination risks “reigniting the education wars,” according to Randi Weingarten, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second largest teachers union.


Education Wars are Ongoing.

Ask any Public School Teacher how much Trust they are now given, to Practice the Art of Teaching as they were Trained and Educated to do.

Now, the Twin Follies of both placing Higher Academic CREDENTIAL Standards for New Teachers to meet before they can be hired, and the Imposition of the Common Core Cancer that is currently mandated to Dominate their Classroom Time.

Education is an Art in which the Artist/Teacher must be immersed, not jumping through Hoops manufactured by Entities interested in maximizing their Investor Profits, as they sell the INDUSTRY of Common Core.


Just one more example of the commodification of all things which are necessary for a healthy, educated
society which can function well. What is best for society as a whole, matters very little, if at all, to DeVos
and her ilk. DJT's cabinet picks pretty much all represent this class. They believe in privatization of all
things possible, to generate profits, to buy and sell. The public at large are merely their disposable pawns.
To them, this is not, and never was, about education. It's about creating a docile, obedient, narrowly-educated,
mass of workers and consumers. The added incentive for their unrelenting sabotage of public education the
fact that they passionately hate all unions.


Keep them poor. Keep them ignorant. Keep them full of hate. They sink into the Slough of Despond, while the rulers take all the wealth of this nation.

The German screenwriter Werner Herzog created a film in the '70s relating the life and death of Kasper Hauser. The title of film's English release was the name given to the protagonist by Hauser's community. The original title was "Jede für sich, Gott gegen Alle.", or translated into English, "Everyone for himself, and God against all.". That unfortunately is the basis of the culture of this United States.

We give these truths to be self evident.


"(Bennett fails to note Michigan charter schools have an underperformance problem that is equal to the states’ public schools.)" Not true.


It's a good thing that food production and distribution has not been privatized or only the rich would eat. Food is even more essential than education.


Of course. Deep down inside they want all poor , and middle class people to die.


Food production is private, and the rich eat much better than the poor. What really do poor people benefit from - I mean what is the reason they want to stay alive?


It didn't used to be like that, so I don't think that there was just one issue that changed the culture.


A true teacher has to care not just have a piece of paper and an A.


@Jed1957, you may be quite lucid and perspicacious; however, in the instant case, I do find your argument most sophomoric and distracting.

SEE the following, for possible edification:

The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. This sort of "reasoning" has the following pattern:

Person A has position X.
Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
Person B attacks position Y.
Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.




Sick of hearing about "students do not learn and look at the test scores." A true teacher cares, and is much more than just a robot teaching to test scores. Also, a teacher cannot force a kid to learn or design how someone performs on a test. Why are people attacking teachers instead of Wall Street?


Here's a good one: An aid in a rethug's office said a valedictorian in Louisiana got a low score on the ACT then started yelling about all public school teachers and he does not think that Wall Street banksters did anything wrong. Of course when Of course if she had gotten a high score, they'd be great. I took SATs and am not familiar with the ACT, but why put so much weight on test scores? I honestly do not remember teachers having so much bad press as in the last decade or so. Why??? De Vos knows nothing about Ed- just has a lot of money. This is psychotic.


Food and shelter are basic needs ( like going to the bathroom). Education and jobs are further along the hierarchy.


And surveys have proven that people do not have to rich in order to be happy- so they are acting like A hats. This woman knows nothing about public ed and home schooled her own children. She has no degree in Ed either.


DeVps went to PRIVATE SCHOOLS FOR THE WEALTHY---& she SENT HER OWN CHILDREN THERE. She has NEVER TAUGHT A CLASS. Her only "qualification" is she's a BILLIONAIRE. Trump said he would "drain the swamp" in D.C. Instead, he's FILLING it up to FLOOD-stage with SUPER-PREDATORS like DeVos---who is laos a far rightwing RELIGIOUS EXTREMIST who wants TAX=PYERS TO PAY FOR RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS.