Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve always said, “Never get involved in an argument on Facebook.” Actually, what I said when I was a little boy was, “Never drop a frog down the pants of the town crier,” but the principle is the same.
So, I feel like this is a mistake before I do it. But, so many people I like and respect have expressed concerns about the appointment of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education that I’ve got to ask some questions. And I’m throwing this out on Facebook, because I really want to know if I’m missing something. Really. I’m not here to drop a frog down anybody’s pants.
But for people who are worried that DeVos is going to be terrible, I have to ask: how much worse could she be than all the other Secretaries of Education who have been flying the public education system into the ground for the last thirty-odd years?
Saying DeVos will be bad for the Department of Education is like watching the Hindenburg plummet to the earth in flames and saying, “Whatever you do, don’t let Betsy DeVos touch it! She’ll ruin it!”
Does the Department of Education have some sterling record of success and achievement that I’m unaware of? If so, they should really have a talk with their PR people, because what I think of when I think “Department of Education” are things like Common Core, No Child Left Behind, and other bureaucratic train wrecks and fiscal sink holes that demonstrate little-to-no practical results.
As far as I can tell, Trump could’ve nominated a monkey with a Molotov cocktail in each hand and a crazy look in his eyes, and he wouldn’t have done any worse than your typical Department of Education head.
I hear that she’s unqualified. But unqualified to do what? Sue school systems that say boys should use the boys restroom and girls should use the girls restroom? After seeing what qualified professionals can do with the position, I’m kind of excited to give the unqualified a shot.
That’s how I see it. What am I missing?