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    Betsy DeVos to Public Education: Drop Dead

    Betsy DeVos to Public Education: Drop Dead

    BY JOHN C. FAGER – Jan. 11 2017

    Does my headline about Trump’s pick to be the next education secretary sound exaggerated, even hyperbolic? If so you’re not paying attention, a cardinal sin in the Age of Trump. For starters, here’s a December 12, New York Times headline “Education nominee bent Detroit to her will on charter schools.” Betsy DeVos is a true believer in a totally free-market approach to education reform.

    And here’s a quote from the article about how DeVos would apply a free-market approach to the Detroit Public Schools, a system that she has had great impact on.

    “Detroit Public Schools, she argued, should simply be shut down and the system turned over to charters, or the tax dollars given to parents in the form of vouchers to attend private schools.”

    When we talk about Betsy DeVos, we’re not talking about the non-educator corporate reformers that Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama appointed. Rod Paige and Arne Duncan did their share of damage to children, teachers, and education. But as misguided as they were at least they were committed to improving public education. DeVos is even more committed to public education, to its destruction.

    The experimental weapons being used in the ongoing national education war during the last 20 years were radical but seem almost tame compared to what DeVos proposes to do. The ineffective and damaging corporate reform weapons still in place include the Common Core-aligned high stakes standardized testing, Common Core State Standards, charter schools, zero-tolerance discipline, and the value added method (VAM) for evaluating teachers and principals…

    Read more:

    https://www.laprogressive.com/betsy-devos/

     

    Betsy Devos is the sister of Erik Prince the former owner of Blackwater USA….

    https://theintercept.com/2016/03/24/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-under-federal-investigation/

     

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    • Iwillnevergiveup (643 posts)
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      1. A wrong number

      if there ever was one.  I can tell just by looking at her – that privileged, sardonic smile.

      BEAT BACK BETSY!

      We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.     Native American Proverb
    • jwirr (3716 posts)
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      2. People like her are why so many of us are no longer going to church and think

      it is all a big sham for the money. Her concern for public schools is tell in just what she is all about – greed.

    • Octafish (3772 posts)
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      3. WSWS pegged Ms. SCAMWAY

      Readers also may enjoy how the good comrades at World Socialist Web Site profiled Ms. DeVos, who seems to have followed public education closely:

      Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 1

      und

      Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education—Part 2

      Amway founders Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos, with President Gerard Ford in the Oval Office, 1975. This meeting came in the wake of Federal Trade Commission allegations against Amway; charges were dropped shortly afterwards.

      “Get the truth and print it.” -- John S. Knight
      • bobthedrummer (2893 posts)
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        4. Let's make note of her brother-Erik Prince, he'll get the kids to his school on

        his school bus convoy, safely even in the UAE.

        :sarcasm:

        All power to the People.
      • Enthusiast (9813 posts)
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        13. This is very bad.

        "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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      5. anyone who thinks arne duncan or rod paige or barack obama or

      George bush were committed to public education has a screw loose or is on-board with the 1%.

      Get a clue, folks:  they want it all — everything public to be turned into a profit center to screw you into the ground before they leave with the spoils.  It’s been going on for AT LEAST thirty years and the rubes finally get a clue…

      I believe some posters here (mad flo) have been alerting folks to the takedown of public ed since the bush regime at least…

      seems most folks want to believe it couldn’t happen

      you never miss the water till the wells run dry

      • Silver Witch (5272 posts)
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        6. This^^^^

        Pointing to republicans to hide Democratic sin. Never a good idea.    All politician are out to take everything from the poor from education to water.

        #Let'sTalkRevolution
        • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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          7. it's not the pols particularly — they're just the waterboys/hired help — it's

          the real rulers of the country, the folks who actually own it and us

          • Silver Witch (5272 posts)
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            8. It is the politicians PARTICULARLY!

            They are the ones taking the money,  it and fucking us.

            I don’t let evil people slide just because their masters are cruel or insane.

            German people that knew about the Holocaust are just as guilty as the Nazis that ruled the country. They should have paid a much might penalty for their actions.

            So are the politicians that aid the corporations trying to own everything.

            #Let'sTalkRevolution
            • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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              10. not the root of the problem

              • Silver Witch (5272 posts)
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                17. Oh unicorn why do I even engage you.

                Six word responses are meaningless and a waste of time. So old wise and powerful one what is the root and what shall we do about it?

                #Let'sTalkRevolution
                • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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                  18. i didnt attack you so not sure why the tone

                  knowing the men behind the curtain saves people from changing “leaders” and going back to sleep

                  knowing the game = not getting fooled as easily

                  “what do we do” is same as ever, just more effectively

                  • Silver Witch (5272 posts)
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                    19. Now I have a tone?

                    And the “men behind the curtain” are the Clintons and other rich and powerful people?

                    We have no control over rich people. Our only power is our vote. The only choices we have are which politician will fuck us less!

                    Knowing who is behind the curtain matters little as someone is always backs there. What is important is TERM LIMITS so fewer can be brought and owned.

                    #Let'sTalkRevolution
                    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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                      22. yes, you seem to have a tone

                      the Clintons aren’t rich in comparison with the masters of the universe, who buy and sell countries

                      your vote isn’t even a power as it can be rigged and manipulated

                      term limits doesn’t do shit and its desired by the right

                      • Silver Witch (5272 posts)
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                        24. Well since you have all the answers I shall leave you to fix everything

                        My mistake for engaging you.

                        #Let'sTalkRevolution
          • Enthusiast (9813 posts)
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            12. It is the politicians. Their duty is to the citizen not the corporations.

            They are being bribed by the real rulers of the country.

            "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
            • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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              14. thats my point — they're bribed by the "real rulers"

              they don’t originate the policy

              • Silver Witch (5272 posts)
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                16. But they willing take the bribe.

                You are making excuses for them. And who are these real rulers. Where is the action to stop them. There is NOT one.

                So we cut the branches of the tree these real rulers have grown and keep cutting until they are stopped.

                But you would rather us feel pity for the poor politicians who are just doing what comes naturally. Taking brides.

                I call bullshit on that plan.

                #Let'sTalkRevolution
                • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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                  21. i'm not making excuses; point is, there's always another figurehead waiting.

                  get rid of one, you just get another.  there’s always someone willing to sell out, or who doesn’t even realize what they’re doing and believes in the program.  going after the pols without dealing with their owners is an endless battle imo.

                  the rest of your post is your own interpretation.

            • Silver Witch (5272 posts)
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              20. Right on.

              #Let'sTalkRevolution
    • Jefferson23 (6565 posts)
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      9. Another looter, like Duncan.

    • Enthusiast (9813 posts)
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      11. Betsy Devos is the sister of Erik Prince the former owner of Blackwater USA.

      Fascism.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848
      • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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        15. and the wife of amway and multilevel marketing

        • Enthusiast (9813 posts)
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          23. Yeah. As if being the sister of Erik Prince, the former owner of Blackwater USA

          wasn’t bad enough. Holy shit!

          "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat, 1848