Diane Ravitch: Democrats Helped Pave the Way for Privatization Crusader DeVos
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch calls for mass resistance against Betsy DeVos, who will implement policies that have a track record of failure while ignoring the root issues of poverty and under-funding
JAISAL NOOR:They would be the first Republicans to break party ranks and vote against one of Trump’s Cabinet selections.
Well, now joining us to discuss this is Diane Ravitch. She’s the former Undersecretary of Education to George H.W. Bush. More recently, she’s turned into an influential whistle-blower against the school privatization movement. Her recent best sellers, including “The Death and Life of the Great American School System” and most recently, “Reign of Error” are considered necessary reading for those wanting to understand the grave threats facing our public education system today and what we can do about it. Thank you so much for joining us.
DIANE RAVITCH:Glad to be with you.
JAISAL NOOR:So, there’s pretty big news coming out of the education world from Capitol Hill because Betsy DeVos is one vote shy of becoming blocked from becoming Education Secretary. You have come out strongly against her. You’ve called her an education extremist, Said she would gut public education. What is your message to those remaining Republican Senators that might be on the fence right now? Why is she such a bad pick to be Education Secretary?
DIANE RAVITCH:Well, she does not understand anything about education except for escaping from public schools. She’s never taught. She’s never supervised. She’s never attended public schools. Her children did not attend public schools. She thinks that public schools everywhere are just awful and she has spent millions… She’s a billionaire and she has spent many millions of dollars advocating for vouchers and choice and charters and home schooling and cyber charters for every other alternative but not for public education. She’s spent millions on political campaigns to advocate for choice and also to fund the campaigns of very extremist right-wing Republicans who are opposed to public education.
So, when she went before the Senate to be interviewed before the Senate Committee, she showed absolute ignorance of federal law and federal policy and federal programs. She was asked about the law that protects the rights of children with disabilities and she said, “Well that would be up to the States.” And one of the Democratic Senators pointed out that it’s not up to States to decide whether to obey a Federal law. She had no idea that IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, is a Federal law. It’s not something that States can choose to abide by. So, she knows nothing, other than to be a lobbyist for choice. And, being a billionaire, she’s lived in a bubble all her life and knows nothing about public education. Does not understand the history of it, the importance of public education in a democracy, and she plays fast and loose with the truth and the facts.
JAISAL NOOR:And she’s been accused of lying and misleading the Senate panel where she testified on for several different issues.Spanishprof27, Two way street, FanBoy and 4 othersbbgrunt, Abelenkpe, historylovr, DamnYankeeInHouston like this
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