Betsy DeVos is starting to show her true colors as Secretary of Education. Two developments today:
Wow – Department of Ed 'Fathers & Family' event includes same extreme anti-gay groups that DeVos family funds. pic.twitter.com/5HYksNSWpz
— Jennifer Berkshire (@BisforBerkshire) June 15, 2017
— Annie Waldman (@AnnieWaldman) June 15, 2017
Betsy DeVos testified before a Senate committee today. She tried to defend massive cuts in federal education spending while claiming to care about kids.
— Sabrina Stevens (@realsabijoy) June 6, 2017
New US high-school exam leaked… pic.twitter.com/5DXPWR3xhT
— James Martin (@Pundamentalism) February 7, 2017
Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the new Secretary of Education today. I’ve tried to blog about my opposition to her candidacy, but I haven’t been able to put the many words and thoughts I have into anything coherent. Mostly, she’s unbelievably unqualified and what scares me most is her worldview. Combined with Jerry Falwell Jr.’s apparent role with respect to #highered, this appointment has us headed towards some kind of edu-theocracy that bothers me to no end.
One theme throughout this #365project has been my need to turn to humor to dull the pain of enduring the first few weeks of the Trump administration. James Martin’s tweet made me “lolsob“. It is, therefore, today’s tweet of the day.
On the night before the Republic ends, a late entry into the Tweet of the Day sweepstakes. But, hey, if you combine politics and sports, you can be my very best friend. Additionally, if you manage to throw a jab at the Washington pro football team, I’m in for it. So, Andy Losik, an educator in Michigan, who is all too familiar with Betsy DeVos’s “work” in education, hit my sweet spot with this tweet tonight.
Well-played, Andy, well-played. I tip my Tweet of the Day cap to you.
— Jenn Borgioli Binis (@JennBinis) January 17, 2017
Today’s big event (for me, at least) was Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing. She’s been nominated by Trump to be the Secretary of Education and her hearing was a bigger train wreck than I’d imagined it would be. She’s TOTALLY unqualified. I won’t go on about it; maybe I’ll wrote more about it later.
But for now, it’s all about the Tweet of the Day… This morning, before the hearing, DeVos’s opening statement was made public for us to read ahead of time. It wasn’t particularly detailed and it was about par for the vanilla course for an opening statement. But, it had me wondering what an opening statement would look like had it been written from someone who is completely ideologically different/opposed to DeVos. So, I tweeted using a hashtag and a concept that Jenn Borgioli Binis has used that I like very much, that being #PairedTexts. As you may know, I think that deliberation and logic and debate are perhaps the most important things we can help students learn in public schools and Jenn’s use of #PairedTexts has real practical legs, IMHO.
Jenn, never shy of a challenge, stepped up and actually produced her own opening statement as if she were going to be the Secretary of Education. Bravo to Jenn for that; it serves as a nice #PairedText to DeVos’s statement. I should probably do my own, and I think it’d be a GREAT exercise for any educator. Anyone else want to take a stab at it?
So, Jenn Borgioli Binis, you are today’s producer of the Tweet of the Day.