The Senate will vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education today. There is every indication she will be confirmed by the slimmest of margins, requiring Sen. Jeff Sessions’ vote before his own confirmation as Attorney General, and Vice President Mike Pence as a tie-breaker.
Two GOP senators broke ranks and announced their intention to oppose DeVos, who favors school choice. They kowtowed before the soulless educational establishment, which opposes anything other than standard-sized classes teaching standard curriculum, measured by standardized tests. It’s an attitude that turns students into statistics.
The great economist Thomas Sowell peeked out of retirement to note the source and fury of opposition to DeVos, and how the educational establishment always opposes nontraditional success stories.
Against this background, it is hardly surprising that Betsy DeVos, who has for more than 20 years been promoting parental choice in the schools their children attend, has come under heavy fire from the educational establishment.
If she becomes Secretary of Education, the stranglehold of the teachers’ unions and the educational bureaucracy on the education of millions of students will be in jeopardy. If her nomination is rejected, millions of children from low-income, inner-city families will lose a chance to escape a painfully failing system.
If you get a chance, read the whole post by Sowell. It wet my eyes. Kids are not inmates to be processed, or cogs in a great wheel of progressive change. They are individuals who deserve the same freedom and choice (what liberals call “rights” except when conservatives invoke them) that adults cherish.
Parents should be free to do what works for their kids, and educators should be free to innovate and pursue success. Unfortunately, this works against the jobs and retirement program the teachers’ unions many times prioritize higher than at-risk kids where poor results continue for generations.
We’re not talking about suburban, well-funded public schools versus religious-based private schools here. We’re talking about those who need a new approach the most, and who get it the least. And when someone comes along who brings success, they’re kicked to the curb.
DeVos is perhaps one of the most important confirmations in the Trump administration. She needs to be confirmed, and hopefully, by the slimmest of margins, she will be.