DeVos--A Long Awaited Pivot in U.S. Education

For those of us who believe that there is no more significant factor in the peace and prosperity of the U.S. than the success of its educational system, the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education comes as both a respite from the past and a promise for the future.

It is hardly necessary to chroncle the deterioration of the U.S. educational system in recent years, from K-12 to the halls of Ivy. Even with ESL schools, propaganda has largely replaced basic learning. On my way to teaching a group of innocents whose wealthy Asian parents had the naïve notion that their children might be exposed to the three Rs, English division, I was thrust a video of the latest Michael Moore film as a pearl of great price. I politely refused this great gift and silently resolved to play The Fountainhead in my next movie class.

My brother, an independent who would fight to the death identification with any popular political affiliation, once served on the Board of his local school. After a while, he gave up believing that his struggle to advance the cause of students was hopeless in the face of the opposing force of teachers and their unions.

DeVos is most clearly identified with the concept of school choice. I find it highly ironic that “choice,” which has energized legions of women, turning many of their leaders into raving harridans, somehow runs out of gas when it comes to schooling.

Knocks on DeVos, which have blissfully proved totally unavailing in Congress, include her totally verifiable wealth and her alleged inexperience.

Use of money to achieve political prominence is so totally universal as to require no comment whatsoever. George Soros, anyone? Not to mention the Kennedys.

Inexperience? Thank God. DeVos would be totally inexpert in teaching how to print using carved raw potatoes dipped in fruit juices. She and Trump were not elected to operate within the present system, but rather to shake it up, or to use Obama’s favorite phrase, to transform it.

At any rate, DeVos is in and the public breathlessly awaits what’s out as a consequence.

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Comment by Keith Joiner on February 8, 2017 at 7:13am

Your choice of words is often very funny. The public breathlessly awaits? Hilarious.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 8, 2017 at 7:42am

What's in?::

The  privatization of the education of the masses and the resegregation of schools. 

What's out?:

Free public education and cultural/social diversity in the learning process.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 8, 2017 at 8:08am

The Senate just approved a Secretary of Education who has never been into a public school and who doesn't have any family who have gone to one. And she's in charge of public schools. That would be the equivalent of hiring me to fix your car or give you a physical. Trust me when I say I do not advise either. 

If a Democratic President nominated a cabinet secretary this inexperienced in his/her field, you'd have a cow. 

Stop being such a mouthpiece and actually evaluate this nomination. 

Comment by tr ig on February 8, 2017 at 10:54am

Interesting. I would certainly agree that whatever "system" we've had in my remembered past was an abject failure. Who would Hillary have appointed and what would they have done differently I wonder. Likely, or at least possibly .. not a thing, and to my mind education, or lack of more accurately, is the issue most tantamount to ongoing poverty in this purportedly great nation. Oh bring us your billionaire alternative ed system Betsy. 

Maybe you could explain though, because if there is an explanation I haven't seen it, what makes this rich old bag even remotely qualified for such a challenge. Heavy sigh G..

Comment by Drew-Silla on February 9, 2017 at 3:26pm

Brilliant analysis, Mr. Osmond. Like you and Ms. DeVos and President Trump, I'm completely in favor of a robust education system as long as it doesn't coddle the blacks and Mexicans and other poor people. It's not like they need to be able to read Tolstoy and know higher math to push a broom, so let's just square hole those round pegs and have done with it already. 

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