This one is bad, but not nearly as WTF as Ben Carson being HUD Secretary. I mean, the dude is clearly smart on many levels and would even be a great candidate for something like Sec of HHS or head of the NIH or Surgeon General under a Republican president. There is just no logic to him being the HUD pick other than the saddest answer. Even Trump supporters have to admit that Trump probably picked him because his neurons have forever linked "black" and "urban" and HUD has the word urban in it.
On the other hand, I think that Ben Carson is a decent human being and will try his level best to do a good job, while Betsy DeVos will instead use her position to try and make things worse. I mean, she's part of the Amway family and the Blackwater family. Hasn't that family caused enough misery to last a century? I shudder to think of the Amway-ization of public schools.
Agreed. Carson's appointment to HUD seems like nothing but a kickback for loyalty to me. Neither Carson nor DeVos have any experience either in government or in the fields they are suddenly in charge of (though Carson presumably will do his best while DeVos apparently wants to tear apart public education).I just have this skit in my head where Betsy DeVos came in to interview for the position
EdDept: So Mrs. DeVos. You're here to interview for a position within the education department. We have many listed on our website, so which positions do you think you are best fitted for?
DeVos: No, I'm interviewing to RUN the education department
EdDept: Oh - well we do have an opening in our top spot, and this it is an open hire, so let's start. What experience do you have with our country's public education system?DeVos: none whatsoever.
EdDept: okaaay. Well where did you go to school? Any of our fine public institutions?DeVos; god no. I went to a private christian high school and then Calvin College, another fine Christian school. Both very excellent schools, both very expensive, very exclusive.
EdDept. I see. Well with our public schools we aim to provide education to everyone. And we can't mix religious teaching with our secular curriculum.DeVos: oh, I see. Well I have some wonderful ideas on how we can get around those restrictions.
EdDept: Um..yeah. Well we don't see them so much as restrictions as our 'guiding principles'. But let's move on. What suggestions do you have for improving our public education system? Let's start with k-12.DeVos: I'm glad you asked. I think the best thing we can do is allow for more children NOT to be in it.
EdDept: So your solution is fewer students, with more money for the ones that remain? that could work, only how will you - DeVos: Not exactly. It isn't fair to make families who aren't using the public school system to pay for it, so I want to start a voucher program where we take money AND students away from the public system and funnel it towards special "charter" schools.
EdDept: I see. Leaving less for everyone left behind.DeVos: Best of all it gets around all those pesky rules of not including Jesus in the classroom! Parents can send their children to religious institutions and get money from the public school system to help offset the cost! Everyone wins
EdDept: except for those who choose to remain in the public education system
DeVos: Right, but they will have the choice to leave too. Maybe someday we won't need public schools at all.
EdDept. Interesting that you followed that logic. Tell me then, what role should the federal government play in education?
DeVos: My personal motto is: "the less, the better!"
EdDept: And yet you are applying to lead the Department of Education. Interesting. Well thanks for coming in, we'll be in contact.