The Devil and Betsy DeVos

If you’ve ever read Stephen Vincent Benet’s tale about Jabez Stone’s trial and been anywhere near a television, you might understand this title.

Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the Secretary of Education for less than a week. In that week she has been protested against and turned away from a Washington DC public school by far from peaceful protesters. A proposed invite to her by San Diego Unified Schools was yanked off of the agenda. She was incorrectly blamed for a Twitter typo that subsequently would have made her seem racist. About the only thing that didn’t happen to her was that Nordstrom didn’t cancel her clothing line.  Of course that’s probably because she doesn’t have one.  Maybe they’ll just cancel her charge cards if she has them.

I’m willing to bet that if most people faced this kind of opposition their first week of work they would have been singing Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It.” I for one hope she sticks it out and carries out the promise to rid our public schools of Common Core.

While she’s at it, we need to get rid of all these crazy mandatory test that prevent teachers from actually giving students what they need to succeed because they are too busy teaching the test in order to keep their jobs.

We need to get rid of the mountains of paperwork that teachers have to do instead of teaching.

Furthermore, we need to get rid of the teachers who are there simply for a paycheck and benefits and not there to actually teach and inspire young minds. The really great teachers can point out to you the slackers among them.

Now while some may argue that Ms. DeVos may ultimately have the goal of adding vouchers, it’s not so much what she may be adding but definitely a matter of what she needs to be ripping out to make things better.

One of the few things that does not need to be ripped out of our schools are its playgrounds. That is the one thing at our schools that is underutilized and changing that alone would increase the success of our children. If you don’t believe me, just ask the American Academy of Pediatrics. Even they got it right on this one issue.

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