Dear Betsy DeVos,
I am a Michigan public school teacher. In case you’ve forgotten your home state, the state in which your name is plastered all over one of our major cities (I can drive an hour north and seriously see your last name every where), the state in which you yourself were educated and educated your kids, and a state in which the current education situation is not too hot.
I’m pretty sure you’ve forgotten.
The fact that you have been unable to answer questions about the current state of education and charter schools vs. public schools in Michigan on multiple occasions, is beyond embarrassing, and makes me even more upset that you are our major education decision maker for the nation.
Also, I’m pretty sure you’ve forgotten what teachers do, the role of public schools, and the importance of school funding. Maybe in fact you have forgotten the importance of education as a whole. After all how can you even know when you “have not intentionally visited schools that are under performing.”
You see last year when you were nominated and confirmed I was upset, and now I’m angry and sad.
You’re school of choice initiative is not the answer to our education crisis in America. Moving money away from public schools and making them sound like the undesirable option, and in turn undermining teachers’ ability to effectively educate their students is not the answer.
Since you never attended a public school, never sent your own children to a public school, never worked in a public school, sat on a public school school board, or virtually have had anything to do with the public school system in your entire life other than promote alternative options to public schools….I don’t understand how you have any valid opinion on our education system.
The fact that I, as a third year teacher who was proudly publicly educated K-12, attended a public four year university, and has taught at both a (failing) charter school, and now a public school (all in Michigan), am more educated on the topic of education in our nation than you, as the Secretary of Education, is extremely unfortunate and sickening.
You sit on your thrown of uneducated research, facts, and lies while pushing an agenda for “parent choice” as the solution for our education crisis.
So in case you’ve forgotten, Betsy.
Public school teachers matter. Public education matters. Public education is what has gotten us here. Just because we have hit some road blocks doesn’t mean that public education isn’t the answer any more. This most definitely doesn’t mean that charter schools and school of choice is the answer. America is falling behind due to poor educational leadership, focus and funding.
Like I’ve said Betsy, I think you’ve forgotten.
I think you’ve forgotten what your job is.
I think you’ve forgotten what your focus is.
I think you’ve forgotten the actual true importance of education.
So I ask you Betsy, before you voice your uneducated opinion on the state of education in our nation…
- Research and know you own state and the effectiveness (or lack there of) of charter schools and the current status of public schools, because your lack of knowledge is embarrassing.
- Visit an under performing school.
- Talk to public school teachers.
- And most of all, research education. (My students could have answered most of those interview questions better.)
Because, Betsy, you’ve forgotten.
it all stacks up.
“There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny… It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape.”