2/2/2017 – Betsy DeVos Likely To Spread Quack Science Instead Of Teaching The Real Thing

THIS WEEK: Why Fight Over DeVos … DACA At Risk … School Choice Failures … Trump Ban Roils Colleges … Nationwide Education Protests


Betsy DeVos Likely To Spread Quack Science Instead Of Teaching The Real Thing

By Jeff Bryant

“After a rocky confirmation hearing in Senate committee, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, cleared to the full Senate … But now, two Republican Senators who voted DeVos out of committee … say they can’t back DeVos in a full Senate vote … A final vote has been called for next week … Recent revelations in major news outlets should raise alarms about DeVos’s views on science and how they may influence her decision-making … In her charitable giving, her financial investments, and the rhetoric she uses to express her intentions as secretary, DeVos has exhibited a propensity to favor beliefs ground in quack science over the real thing.”
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Why DeVos Is The Most Polarizing Ed Sec Nominee Ever

The Washington Post

“[Betsy] DeVos is clearly the most controversial education nominee in the history of the nearly 40-year-old Education Department … Opposition to DeVos is less about politics … Her characterization of public education as an ‘industry’ is a core tenet of corporate school reformers, who believe public schools should be run like businesses. Public school advocates see America’s public education system as a civic institution – the country’s most important – that can’t be run like a business without ensuring that some children will be winners and others will be losers.”
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As Trump Weighs Fate Of Immigrant Students, Schools Ponder Their Roles

Education Week

“Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of K-12 children and the educators who serve them are bracing for upheaval … Many are waiting for word on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an Obama-administration policy that has granted temporary deportation reprieves for more than 740,000 young undocumented immigrants. During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to repeal that executive order … Schools in cities like Denver and Nashville are working to reassure students that school is a safe, welcoming place.”
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Worldwide, School Choice Hasn’t Improved Performance

US News & World Report

“Worldwide, rising populism and identity politics are leading to increased demands from families seeking out specific types of schools that mirror their ideologies. In some countries, this has extended to replacing the public system of schools with government vouchers … Some have argued that competitive incentives induced by school choice will lead to better educational outcomes. However, there is little evidence to support this claim … Where school choice has shown powerful effects around the world is the systematic separation of students by ethnicity, social class and religion.”
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Colleges Scramble After Trump’s Executive Order Bans Citizens Of 7 Muslim Countries

The Chronicle Of Higher Education

“Colleges across the United States are rushing to respond to the news … that President Trump had signed an executive order suspending admission to the United States of all refugees as well as all citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations. The main message: … Students and scholars, if you might be affected by such an executive order, don’t leave the country … It is estimated that more than 15,000 international students could be affected by the ban.”
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Teachers And Allies March For Public Education On The Eve Of The Trump Era

Think Progress

“Educators and their allies are mobilizing nationwide to oppose what they consider to be a major threat to public education from the incoming Trump administration … The day before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, parents, teachers, and students gathered in front of schools in over 200 cities to oppose school privatization and support safe and inclusive spaces for all students … The coalition that helped organize these protests, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) …  has held national protests before … President-elect Donald Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric is also a major focus for the coalition.”
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