Privatize, Monetize, Weaponize: How the DeVos family devoured Michigan’s schools | Eclectablog

Billionaire Betsy DeVos has been named Education Secretary and her appointment is a grim foreshadowing of the direction public education is likely to take under the Trump administration. Her track record in championing for-profit charter schools is a reminder that you can make a profit on anything if you try hard enough.

Western societies have struggled for centuries to increase the access and quality of public education as a means of raising living standards for everyone. Mrs DeVos only has four years to erase all that progress, a Herculean task for the faint-hearted but a stroll in the park for an energizer bunny like DeVos.

Source: Privatize, Monetize, Weaponize: How the DeVos family devoured Michigan’s schools | Eclectablog

If this article is any indication of the turnaround she plans to orchestrate, America can look forward to seeing this two-tiered educational system in the near future:

1. a system of elite private and religious schools for well-to-do, mostly White parents with the means to afford expensive tuition payments, staffed by qualified, certified teachers, with a rich curriculum based on face-to-face instruction in clean, safe, well-maintained schools.

2. a parallel system of “fly by night” virtual and online “schools” that open and close seemingly at random, and for-profit charters operated by scam artists… with little to no state or federal regulation or oversight, and a bare bones, “back to the basics” curriculum delivered by unqualified and uncertified “teachers”.

Certainly sounds like a winner!

So Harvey Drinkwater is proud to nominate upcoming Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos for the 2017 Moby’s Dick Award.

 

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