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.
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.