Saturday Extra: Read Gail Collins in Today’s NY Times on Trump’s War on Public Education

Gail Collins’ column this morning, The Trump War on Public Schools, begins this way:

“One of the most disturbing things about the Trump administration is its antipathy toward public schools. Perhaps you remember the president’s mini-rant in his inaugural speech about an ‘education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.’ Well, Trump’s choice for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, is responsible for Michigan’s charter school boom, which currently costs the state about $1.1 billion a year…  Thanks in large part to DeVos’s lobbying in the Legislature, there’s virtually no oversight. So much for the young and beautiful students.”

Collins quotes Senator Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—the committee that will vote on DeVos’s confirmation next Tuesday morning— expressing astonishment at the public outcry Senators are hearing about President Trump’s nomination of Betsy Devos to be our next Education Secretary. Then Collins adds: “It’s not particularly astonishing that a Democratic senator would hear complaints about a Republican president’s nominees. But it is sort of remarkable how much ire, wrath and terror this particular one is causing.”

Collins’ column this morning continues with a lucid, well organized summary of the reasons Betsy DeVos is unqualified to lead the U.S. Department of Education.  Please read it. Then call your Senators again on Monday and tell them to vote “no” on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.

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2 thoughts on “Saturday Extra: Read Gail Collins in Today’s NY Times on Trump’s War on Public Education

  1. Thanks for the reminder to call our Senators. There are many petitions against DeVos on the internet, but they are not as impactful (?) as a phone call. It’s on my Monday to-do list. Onward ardently, as Dr. Stauffer used to say.

  2. Thanks for the relentless effort to stop the DeVos nomination.
    There is a take on the DeVos nomination from another angle in the Nation Magazine.
    https://www.thenation.com/article/how-to-do-journalism-in-trumps-america/
    To my mind, underneath this whole agenda is a curious alliance, initiated in the Reagan era (and, oddly, an effect of ecumenism), between conservative Christians and Catholics (and even liberal Catholics, too) around funding education. This kind of analysis would upset the principled approach of your blog, Jan.
    Kasich and the dominant Republican legislature has made a fairly successful attack in Ohio, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, with that same alliance.
    How we fund education of all kinds is an issue that will not go away, and needs a wider vision than what we have had.
    Under assault, public education has narrowed its advocacy efforts and vision, that does not help with the problem: How do we fund education of all kinds?
    The veneer of a separation of church and state, when the state functions as a mother/nationalist-religion fails the test. Religion is well known to be NOT subject to a definition. So, religion in America becomes some kind of ‘private sphere’, that cannot really be delineated.
    ( https://works.bepress.com/william_cavanaugh/25/ )
    So, we play these gross games about funding, going to the lowest bidder. What kind of culture would do these things? Well, we know: they r us/US.

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