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The latest Betsy DeVos interview has provoked public indignation yet again. In the ‘cringeworthy’ interview to the ‘60 Minutes,’ the US secretary of education was unable to answer the most burning questions. Here are just a few excerpts from the tense exchange between the education secretary and the TV host:
● The education secretary admitted she didn't know if her policies had helped struggling public schools: "I can't say overall that they have all gotten better."
● DeVos believes increasing school choices is better than investing more in existing schools. She said: “We have invested billions and billions and billions of dollars from the federal level, and we have seen zero results.”
● Explaining the reasons for rescinding 2011 Obama administration guidelines on sexual assault, DeVos was quite evasive: “Well, one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many.”
Previous Betsy DeVos Fails
In the light of her recent interview fail, let’s recall previous Betsy DeVos’ fails that drew public indignation to her.
#1 US Education Secretary vs. Grizzly Bears
In January 2017, Betsy DeVos suggested guns should be allowed in schools threatened by grizzly bears. Long before President Trump’s proposal to arm the school teachers with rifles, Mrs. Devos didn’t oppose putting firearms in schools where previously the instances of gun violence occurred. In response to the secretary’s statement, Chris Murphy, a senator from Connecticut rooting who for stricter gun laws tweeted the following:
This incident has kickstarted a bunch of Internet memes where Betsy DeVos was put alongside grizzly bears.
#2 Reducing the Amount of Student Loan Forgiveness
In the light of a horrendous student loan debt of nearly $1.5 trillion, reducing the amount of loan forgiveness for students defrauded by their colleges looked like a serious fail in the public eye. However, from the education secretary’s standpoint, the new system is meant to "protect taxpayers from being forced to shoulder massive costs that may be unjustified."
#3 Putting a Limit on Student Funding
January 2018 was marked by a draft of a new student funding distribution program. Completely backed by Betsy DeVos, distributing the funding to debit cards is meant to help students “understand the financial implications of their [...] loan debt.” According to the Department of Education, turning a wrench on federal funds distribution will help save up to $500M.
It’s no secret that Betsy DeVos candidacy to the US Education Secretary position was severely opposed. One of Trump’s least qualified appointees, she has constantly proved her misunderstanding of the country’s public education system. Being unable to answer direct questions on education policy should have been a red flag. Time will tell how many more fails it will take to find a more suitable candidate for the secretary position.
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