Tomorrow Tuesday Feb. 7th the Senate will vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. I have to tell you I am not surprised by President Trump’s choice for this position. She is a millionaire, and has very little experience in education other than volunteering in a school.
I have some reservations about her confirmation. Here is just a few…
Mrs. DeVos, herself never attended public school. Her children never attended public school. It makes sense that to over look an agency that a majority of the job is understanding public schools you should have some experience with public schools either as a teacher, administrator, board member, or parent.
Mrs. DeVos never had to take out student loans for herself or children, and yet she is responsible for administrating student loans, Pell Grants, and much more. Knowing how the process works is something that is an asset to the job. She has no experience in leading a large budget like this, and there for the job should not be hers.
Mrs. DeVos in her Senate hearing could not articulate the difference between student proficiency and student growth. This is a fundamental conversation that has been going on for many years. It should be understood since she is gong to help make or drive policy on these concepts.
Honestly, I have issues with her take on vouchers. I feel that changing schools doesn’t always make the change that a student needs. The best school in an area may be close, but the student may not feel they fit in with the climate or culture. I also find it ironic that the largest population of people who voted for Trump were rural areas. School vouchers and school choice is much harder in areas where schools are spread out many miles apart.
There are many more instances where I feel that Mrs. DeVos is not qualified to be Sectary of Education. They are just too numerous to point out. I feel that if the States and Federal Government require me to be highly qualified in the area that I am teaching, then the person who is being recommended to be the leader of the Department of Education should also be highly qualified.
If you have reservations like I do, please contact your U.S. Senator and let them know. If you think what I said was garbage and you feel that Mrs. DeVos should be the next Secretary of Education then you let your Senator know.
Here is a few websites to read up on Mrs. DeVos