Remember that thing DeVos said about the need for guns in schools, how she could see a necessity for them if a school needed protection from grizzly bears? That’s pretty funny. But seriously, children are up against a war zone in the classroom; in 2014 alone, 486, 400 students were wounded on campuses across the US in shootings, knifings, and other nonfatal victimizations.
Meanwhile, Betsy DeVos seems to care even less about making a good example, and showcasing good commonsense, for people who can read and write! Between this misspelled tweet of W.E.B Dubois’ last name, this lovely gem from the President’s Easter Egg roll by the White House Secretary of ‘Educatuon’ , and the immense boo-boo of giving a speech at the commencement ceremony at a historically black college—which, as you can imagine, didn’t go well—she has proven to be as unaware, uncaring, and unrelatable as everyone in this current administration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are always two sides to each story. So, to be fair, charter schools that remain strictly in urban areas do seem to have a positive effect, with 41 cities studied, including Newark and Detroit. So, the system can work for minorities. And there are charter schools that operate in poor areas. However, getting into charters in poor districts is so competitive that it’s performed by lottery, and just like the traditional lottery, odds are high your child won’t get in. Again, we come into the same problem of uprooting children from poor backgrounds, which siphons money from poor public schools once a child transfers to a charter. So, what now? [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well, if money isn’t much of an issue, there’s always homeschooling. Studies show these children do better on tests, adapt better in social circles, and those students with special needs often catch up to, and surpass, peers in comparable standard and charter schools. But let’s be real: median income for parents homeschooling their youth was $75,000-$79,000, back in 2009.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Betsy DeVos may not be the highest on this disastrous totem pole that is Donald Trump’s White House Cabinet; however, she’s probably the most dangerous member. The people who vote for the President of the United States need to be educated enough to know what that person brings to the table, the power of the position. They need to understand facts and figures. In other words, they need to be able look at data, or the lack of data, and realize that things are getting worse for Americans, especially minorities, especially in schools. And the leaders of tomorrow need to be diverse, and, as we have seen, Trump’s people look as diverse as a baseball team in 1957. Now, if it is indeed this administration’s intent to keep people dumb and disenfranchised, they’re well on their way. And the children, the black and brown ones, will suffer the most when, and if, we ever rise after the fallout.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]