The Trump regime’s newly confirmed pick for Secretary of Education, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is ready to shake up the establishment. How so? By gutting the agency she leads, introducing more “virtual schools,” and overseeing the rise of schools that “haven’t even been invented yet.”
What does the last part mean? Damned if we know.
In a new interview published this morning, political website Axios asked DeVos about what she expects to get done in the next four years. DeVos, an enemy of public schools, pledged to “slim down the department in some ways,” and said that new kinds of schools will be introduced.
“I expect there will be more public charter schools. I expect there will be more private schools. I expect there will be more virtual schools. I expect there will be more schools of any kind that haven’t even been invented yet,” DeVos told Axios.
Again, she didn’t specify what these new schools that haven’t even been invented yet would look like. But given the fact that she once worked for an organization that advocated for child labor, we can probably guess.
Just to be clear, I’m not joking. DeVos donated generously to the ultra-conservative Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and has served on the organization’s board for over a decade. A blog post on the organization’s website really says it all.
“Let us not just teach our children to play hard and study well, shuffling them through a long line of hobbies and electives and educational activities,” the post by Joseph Sunde reads. “A long day’s work and a load of sweat have plenty to teach as well.”
DeVos even admitted that she’d be completely fine if the Department of Education was dissolved. Seriously.
“It would be fine with me to have myself worked out of a job, but I’m not sure that... I’m not sure that there will be a champion movement in Congress to do that,” she told Axios. Apparently she’s just waiting for some hero to come along and propose that the Department of Education is destroyed.