Sunday, April 18, 2021

Trump Specializes in Picking the Worst Possible Candidates for His Administration

Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos

*By now it’s pretty obvious that President Donald Trump hires the worst possible person for the job. It’s not the best people, it’s the worst. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a great example. She’s in charge of the Education Department even though she has never worked in public education, either as a teacher or an administrator.

Her track record in education consists of lobbying to get government money for religious schools and wrecking the education system in her home state of Michigan. Even though DeVos lobbied heavily for the expansion of charter schools in her state, the academic outcomes of the students in these schools only showed a minimal increase.

“The results of this free-for-all have been tragic for Michigan children, and especially for those in Detroit, where 79% of the state’s charters are located,” said Valerie Strauss in a Washington Post article. “A yearlong Free Press investigation found that 20 years after Michigan’s charter school experiment began, Detroit’s charter schools have shown themselves to be only incrementally stronger, on average, than traditional public schools. They have admirable graduation rates, but test scores that look nearly identical to those of public schools.”

Now, DeVos seems to be trying to do the same thing on a national scale. Her lack of experience in education is obvious anytime she opens her mouth. She recently embarrassed herself when she claimed bigger class sizes could enhance a student’s experience. She also cited no information to back this up.

Read more at Democracy Guardian.

 

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