Courtesy of Politico:
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Friday that students who lack the means to attend the school of their choice enjoy as much freedom as those in East Germany had under communist rule.
In remarks to the conservative Young America’s Foundation, DeVos recalled her own travels decades ago in which she saw the stark differences between “tyranny and freedom” in East and West Germany. And she lauded President Ronald Reagan’s “purpose and principle” in fighting successfully to tear down the Berlin Wall.
“While that wall was reduced to rubble, there’s another kind of wall that needs tearing down today,” DeVos said at the gathering at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. “This wall is just as old and just as devastating to those who — through no fault of their own — happen to live on the wrong side.”
DeVos said she was describing a figurative wall in the United States that “separates wealthy, powerful or well-connected students from those who aren’t wealthy, powerful or well-connected.”
Families who aren’t wealthy “have about as much education freedom in America today as East Germans had freedom to do anything back then,” she said.
DeVos continued the metaphor further, seemingly drawing a parallel between unions and the “evil empire,” a label that Reagan used to describe the Soviet Union.
“Too many students are up against another ‘empire’ — governments, unions, associations of this and organizations of that,” DeVos said. “It’s an education cabal that protects the status quo at the expense of just about everyone else.”
And “education cabal?” Seriously?
For own thing when DeVos uses the term “school of their choice” she is pimping the idea of charter schools receiving public funding so that they can unfairly compete with public schools by rejecting students who test poorly to keep scores high, while also pulling resources from the local schools who are left to serve the students who are summarily rejected by the alternative schools.
Charter schools have a for-profit business model which cares more for the bottom line than it does about helping struggling students succeed.
Betsy DeVos was chosen as the Education Secretary not to improve public education, but to help bury it. And this is just one more attempt to do exactly that.