Betsy DeVos compares lack of access to charter schools to communist rule in East Germany.

By |2019-05-18T06:44:45-08:00May 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |12 Comments

Wait, what?

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.

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12 Comments

  1. FUCK YOU BETS Y May 18, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Are the gas chambers still operable? They forgot someone.

  2. Anonymous May 18, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    She can have all the charter schools she wants, just don’t pay for them with MY TAX DOLLARS !!!

    It seems to me Betsy has it backwards, charter schools are just like communist East German schools, they don’t teach, they indoctrinate what ever ideology they are backing.

    Is she prepared to allow Islamic charter schools, Hebrew charter schools, or just evangelical charter schools?

    • Anonymous May 18, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      She was hired for a reason. pure and simple, and you’re seeing why.
      Like $arah hiring her HS friend in charge if AK agriculture because she liked cows.

  3. puck May 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    where did she go to school?

    • Anon May 18, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      The school of hard cocks.

      Wait that’s Bristol’s school.

    • Anonymous May 18, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      DeVos was educated at the Holland Christian High School, a private school located in her home town of Holland, Michigan.[22] She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics in 1979.[23] During college, DeVos was “involved with campus politics,” according to Philanthropy magazine.[24]
      DeVos grew up as a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.[25] She has been a member and elder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids.[26][27] Former Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw, with whom DeVos served on a committee, said she is influenced by Dutch neo-Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper, a founding figure in Christian Democracy political ideology.[2]

  4. Anon May 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Crazy betsy is too ignorant to speak. The voucher system is STEALING money from Our Public Schools. It must STOP NOW. Her investment in spectrum healthcare brainwashing facilities and defunk unregulated charter schools will put her in jail at some point.

  5. Anon May 18, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Betsy Devos is worse than AIDS in 1987.

  6. Anonymous May 18, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    She’s right. Stupid public school teachers are as worthless as their worthless students and their worthless parents. It’s like a revolving welfare system for all parties.

  7. The Two upChuck$ May 19, 2019 at 7:23 am

    OT? “when Justin Elliott at ProPublica published a story detailing the TurboTax giveaway, a pack of progressive Democrats were incensed to learn they were being asked to vote for a corporate handout-
    ” Congress has approved thousands and thousands of pages of bipartisan legislation over the past decade ― everything from patent reform to Pentagon budgets to bank deregulation. We don’t remember these bipartisan bills as significant achievements for a simple reason. Most of them are terrible legislation, throwing money at corporate interests, often to subvert a genuine public interest.”

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bipartisanship-congress-screws-the-poor_n_5cdd69e1e4b09648227c18d3

  8. Buttfucker$ May 19, 2019 at 7:49 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/rep-jim-jordan-report-sex-abuse-ohio-state-680ff8bbff8e/

    Over the past year, Jordan has repeatedly denied that he knew anything about Strauss’s abuse — except the locker room chatter he overheard.
    Despite the allegations that Jordan knew about Strauss’ abuse and did not act to protect student-athletes — which led to widespread calls for his resignation — the Ohio congressman easily won another term in 2018. He is currently serves in a leadership role on the House Oversight Committee.

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