The Only Education Matter Betsy DeVos Ever 'Thought Hard' About Was How to Make a Buck On It

im电竞官网-Trump's Secretary of Education is the most baroque combination of ignorance, incompetence, and monied arrogance to be found anywhere.

washington, dc   july 08  us secretary of education betsy devos speaks as vice president mike pence listens during a white house coronavirus task force press briefing at the us department of education july 8, 2020 in washington, dc vice president pence and the task force members discussed the latest on the covid 19 pandemic and the reopening of nations schools in the fall photo by alex wonggetty images
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When dingbats meet dinguses, trouble follows.

The current campaign out of Camp Runamuck is to force schools to reopen, fully and on time. The president* has decided that human sacrifice generally is a manifestation of his power and glory, and now he's proposing to dragoon a nation of schoolchildren into the effort. On Wednesday, from the foul, fetid heart of the electric Twitter machine, he threatened to withhold federal aid from states that do not offer their children up to the biological Moloch he ignored. He told the country to ignore the cautious re-opening plan developed by his own CDC. (Later that day, the CDC "modified" the guidelines. Shocking!) And, to close the deal, he trotted out his dingus of a vice-president and his dingbat Secretary of Education to pitch it to a quarantined nation.

im电竞官网-First, the dingus.

"What the President was saying this morning is, that if there are aspects of the CDC’s recommendations that are prescriptive, or that serve as a barrier to kids getting back to school, we want governors and local officials and education leaders to know that we're here to work with them. Every American knows that we can safely reopen our schools."

Every American? Let's go ask a few, Sparky.

“I have to tell you the best expert I know on this topic is my wife, Karen, and she spoke at the summit yesterday very compellingly about how a lot of our kids are hurting out there. They’re struggling with loneliness, with social isolation. The American Academy of Pediatrics spoke about that, a very forceful statement from pediatricians across the country that said we got to get our kids back into school.”

im电竞官网-Mother knows best.

im电竞官网-Next up was the dingbat. Even in this administration, where the bar is set somewhere in the Van Alen Belt, Betsy DeVos is the most baroque combination of ignorance, incompetence, and monied arrogance to be found anywhere. She's a grifter from family money whose goal in life has been to monetize the children she now intends to throw recklessly into harm's way. She took her time to plug some charter schools, and to criticize the public schools in one Virginia county, and then decided to inject the nation's bloodstream with some high-potency banality. Translated from the rudimentary weaselspeak, she told them, "We're going to knuckle you into opening so get ready because, folks, once you open, you're on your own."

It's not a matter of if, it simply is a matter of how. Schools must fully open and be fully operational and how that happens is best left to education and community leaders. I appreciate something reiterated yesterday at the White House, the Surgeon General's prescription for health care. First, ask yourself your individual serve stance. Are you or someone in your home vulnerable? Second, what is going on in your community? Third, think about the kind of school activity that you are thinking about how to accommodate into deal with. What needs to be in place for things to be successful. They needed new data for education and communities and weigh the risk.
I have thought hard about how to expand education for all students. America always was and is a country of doers. We are confident that with grit and determination, we can and will do what is right for all the students in our nation.

Rub a little grit on it and get back in the game, Junior.

im电竞官网-The only thing about education on which DeVos ever has "thought hard" was how to turn a buck on it. I'm not entirely sure Mike Pence ever has "thought hard" about anything. As for the president*, his re-election isn't worth a bucket of warm piss, let alone the life of a single child.

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