One week after being confirmed as the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos faced serious criticism from one of the schools she visited. DeVos tried to visit Jefferson Academy in Washington D.C. but was blocked from entering the school by protesters. She was able to visit a few days later and released the following statement:
“I visited a school on Friday and met with some wonderful, genuine, sincere who pour their heart and soul into their classrooms and their students. But I can tell the attitude is more of a ‘receive mode.’ They’re waiting to be told what they have to do, and that’s not going to bring success to an individual child.”
Jefferson Academy fired back on twitter, saying they were about to take the new secretary “to school.”
“JA teachers are not in ‘receive mode,'” one of the eleven tweets read, “Unless you mean we ‘receive’ students at a 2nd grade level and move them to an 8th grade level.”
This criticism is not new to DeVos-she faced serious opposition in the Senate prior to her confirmation and Vice President Mike Pence was forced to cast a tie-breaking vote (51-50). I seriously opposed her appointment and was disappointed when she was confirmed. I tend to agree with former school chancellor Kaya Henderson, who tweeted, “Sorry lady. Tried to give you the benefit of the doubt. But this is so amateur and unprofessional that it’s astounding. We deserve better.”
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