Donald Trump named Betsy DeVos to head up the Department of Education. About the only thing that would have been worse is if he had named one of the Koch brothers. It is quite possible that DeVos could totally ruin or make public education disappear completely.
DeVos and her husband have been arguing for voucher systems all across the country. They are using phrases like “we just want every child to get a good education regardless of socioeconomic status”. But, that isn’t what this is all about.
What they are really trying to do is make tax payers pay for religious education by sending children to “Christian” schools. They are interested in placing “religious teachings” in our classrooms. They have pushed for “intelligent design” to be taught in public schools instead of evolution.
DeVos managed to get privatized public education in Michigan. It has been terrible, especially in Detroit where children need better education not worse. In addition, they are the types of people that believe “competition” is necessary for education to improve. Since when does “market-type competition” belong in education?
I know a lot of people are in favor of these voucher programs. But what they don’t understand is that is blurring the line between separation of church and state. They also don’t understand that private schools are not required as much as public schools to take in children with physical or learning disabilities.
Because they are “private” they are not required to adhere to integration rules either. There a several “private religious” schools that have not children of color in attendance.
What this means is that if too many children are allowed to attend private schools using vouchers, there will be far less money left for the Public Schools. That means that every child who cannot get into one of these private religious schools will get an even worse education than they are already getting.
The answer to our public schools is not vouchers and allowing millions to attend private schools on the taxpayer dime. It is to use the money allocated to public education wisely. It is to improve all sorts of areas like modernizing old crumbling buildings. It is to provide a curriculum that will both challenge and help our children become successful in the future.
Look, I don’t have anything against private schools. I am a product of private schools. However, my parents paid for my tuition not the government. If someone wants their children to attend private religious schools, that is fine. But, the tax payers should not have to foot the bill.
You also need to look at the very fact that “Christian” schools are the largest benefactor of these voucher programs. And, that is the purpose of the voucher programs. Instead of building new Christian schools and setting up scholarship awards for poor children, the DeVos’ want to use taxpayer money to educate everyone in Christian doctrine.
They have decided that “to impact our culture in ways that are not the traditional funding-the-Christian-organization route, but that really may have greater Kingdom gain in the long run by changing the way we approach things, in this case the system of education in the country.”
Meaning, they want to do away with public education altogether and replace it with their version of “Christian schools” that every child will have to attend. Can you spell indoctrination?
Public education has been the backbone of our education system. It is necessary to ensure that all children get a good education. Replacing it with “for-profit” schools or vouchers is not the answer to improving it. We need to have a very serious discussion about education, how to improve it, and work together for the sake of all children.
Betsy DeVos is not the person who will lead that discussion. She is not the person to improve our public education. She is intent on destroying it and making it go away. Neither she nor her husband are interested in educating our children. They are merely interested in indoctrinating them into their narrow view of Christianity.
How much do you want to bet she isn’t in favor of using vouchers to send your child to a Muslim School. If she is approved and her plans are put n place, you can chalk up “religious freedom” as another right lost to the Trump authoritarian government.