For example, I think that your reason for throwing the “she’s going to destroy public education” objection off the table is counterproductive to a good part of the entire issue and the point I am trying to make.
I should first point out that I’ve always believed that suggesting that public education vs charters vs private education (w vouchers) was a false choice. The public school advocates attempt to suggest that the “money follows the child” strategies drains money from the public system (true, but questionable as to relevance, since that’s one less child you need to educate); there’s quite a bit more to the dynamic than just that.
Secondly, if DeVos has the same views and agendas as the previous administration’s picks — an administration that many of your opinions show disapproval of — then where are you today?
Where I’ve always been. Pro-school choice, pro-assessment, anti-assessment of teachers based on student assessments. The last several presidents, and DeVos, seem to be with me on the first two, not with me on the third.
By supporting an article that makes generalizations of and throws blanket shade over a specific divide (the left), is it truly constructive or just a way to insult a group and cover it up with facts many people already knew?
The problem is that there were Democrat congresscritters coming unhinged and spouting venom at DeVos for being a supporter of the same educational initiatives as Obama supported. Lizzie Warren actually impuned her for never having run a financial institution and now needing to manage the student loan portfolio; of course no previous Sect of Ed had ever run a financial institution, either. So, yes, I actually do think it’s constructive to point out how the DeVos opposition was either (a) hypocritical, or (b) based on this “resist everything” attitude towards Trump.
And the events of yesterday, where DeVos was met by protestors (protestors about an Ed Secretary?!?!?!) that barred her from entering a middle school, show how people in our society are taking cues from this sort of irrational opposition, in a way that could potentially become dangerous. (At the end of the clip, some man with a mustache kept chasing her and yelling at her “SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!”
“Shame” for what? Being an advocate for the effective education of American students in a way that doesn’t deviate from the prior president? If you think she’s unqualified, then the “shame” is not on her, but on the President who nominated her.
Hope that helps.