The political climate today is pretty turbulent and something that I try to stay out of as much as possible. Unfortunately, the recent protests over new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have rendered me unable to keep my mouth shut any longer.
As someone who is extremely passionate about education, I’m really scratching my head, trying to figure out why people don’t see what is so obvious to me, namely that the public education system needs someone like Betsy DeVos.
3 Huge Reasons to Support Betsy DeVos
1. She brings a fresh perspective to a crumbling school system.
One of the most frequent complaints about her is her “lack of experience.” Ummm…I hate to point out the gigantic elephant in the room…
…but “experience” certainly hasn’t helped our educational institution thus far, has it? The U.S. school system is broken– I’m afraid beyond repair- but if anyone can do anything to help, it is going to be someone who hasn’t been brainwashed (and that’s really what it is) to believe that there is only one way to do things.
2. She’s not afraid to think outside the box.
Another misgiving people have is her support for school choice, private schools, and homeschooling. My question to those people is,
What’s wrong with that?
Our schools are unsafe, ineffective, and getting worse everyday. Why shouldn’t we look for better options? In addition, DeVos isn’t delusional. She knows as well as the rest of us that the public education system is here to stay. The difference is that she isn’t blind to the fact that there simply are better ways to learn, and I’m fully confident that she can bring new ideas to fruition in a system that is teetering on the edge of disaster.
What else can be done? More standardized tests?? That always seems to be the answer given by all of the “experienced” education bureaucrats.
How’s Common Core workin’ for ya?
As the saying goes,
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.”
Yup. That about sums up the past few decades of our education “solutions.”
And people want more of that??
3. The public education system is actually working just as it was originally intended.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret…Schools are working just as they were always meant to work.
Do you honestly think these bureaucrats don’t know that this huge focus on standardized testing and Common Core is useless? Believe me, they know. Unbeknownst to most people, that’s simply their method of appeasing the public- making it look like they’re trying to do something- while advancing the original intent of compulsory education- training obedient factory workers (and cashiers, dishwashers, janitors, etc.)
Not working too well, though, is it?
Betsy DeVos isn’t one of the “good old boys.” She’s aware of the issues with our public schools, she knows why our schools are the way they are, and she will not stand idly by while the children of this country are being given a disservice that is insidiously disguised as a “privilege.”
It’s about time something was done about the state of our schools. And I’m happy to support Betsy DeVos as the one to do it.
How about you?