Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Shows Her Hypocrisy And Ignorance After Visiting A Public School

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON POST)

Newly minted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had a hard time getting inside the District’s Jefferson Middle School Academy last week when protesters briefly blocked her from entering. But at the end of her visit — her first to a public school since taking office — she stood on Jefferson’s front steps and pronounced it “awesome.”

A few days later, she seemed less enamored. The teachers at Jefferson were sincere, genuine and dedicated, she said, they seemed to be in “receive mode.”

“They’re waiting to be told what they have to do, and that’s not going to bring success to an individual child,” DeVos told a columnist for the conservative online publication Townhall. “You have to have teachers who are empowered to facilitate great teaching.”

DeVos, who has no professional experience in public education, is an avowed proponent of voucher schools, charter schools, online schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools. Teachers across the country have been galled by what they see as her lack of faith in — and understanding of — the public schools that educate nearly nine in 10 of the nation’s children.

Jefferson educators found her comments about their work hard to take: On Friday evening, the school responded to DeVos via its Twitter account, taking exception to the education secretary’s characterization of Jefferson teachers.

“We’re about to take her to school,” the first of 11 rapid-fire tweets said.

The tweetstorm singled out teachers like Jessica Harris, who built Jefferson’s band program “from the ground up,” and Ashley Shepherd and Britany Locher, who not only teach students ranging from a first- to eighth-grade reading level, but also “maintain a positive classroom environment focused on rigorous content, humor, and love. They aren’t waiting to be told what to do.”

“JA teachers are not in a ‘receive mode,’” the tweets concluded. “Unless you mean we ‘receive’ students at a 2nd grade level and move them to an 8th grade level.”

An Education Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, who accompanied DeVos on her visit to Jefferson, offered praise after the visit for the “dynamic classroom instruction” they both witnessed there.

Asked Saturday to respond to DeVos’s comments about Jefferson teachers, Wilson provided a statement:

I’ve worked in schools for my entire professional life — as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. I have learned from much experience what it takes to prepare students for college success. The teaching and learning at Jefferson will put our students on a path to college, successful careers, and beyond. I see that. Our teachers see that. Our students see that. And our parents see that. Defying expectations takes experience and a lifelong dedication to all students. DCPS is rich with educators who have this experience.

 

“I find it very interesting that the chancellor saw teachers that were pushing rigorous learning, students asking each other high-level questions and cultivating high-level responses, and teachers who take initiative and give their lives to the education of these children,” said Jefferson teacher Caroline Hunt. “DeVos saw something so different. … Maybe if DeVos knew more about education she would realize just how amazing the students, teachers and staff are.”

Jefferson is five years into a turnaround effort and is one of the fastest-improving schools in the city’s public school system. While fewer than half of students are meeting or approaching grade-level expectations, according to new Common Core tests, the school’s growth has won it classification as a “rising” D.C. school.

My Own Personal Confederate Flag

 

 

I have been wanting to write on this subject matter now since evil stuck down nine of our Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Blood last week. After the event is when I started hearing a huge pickup in chatter about the South Carolina Flag being removed from American Society because of the Confederate (Rebel) Flag on it. As most Americans know the Confederate Flag is on many things in our society, (including the General Lee). I have learned some things about historical figures this past week that I was totally unaware of. For example former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, if things I read this week as being quotes from him are correct then I am rather ashamed that he was ever one of our Presidents. I know that I am not the most educated person that checks into this blog nor am I the smartest or most clever. I am a person that only carried about a 2.7 GPA and I only have 84 credit hours. Why I tell you this information is because with 15 years of normal public education, why haven’t I ever been taught any of it is my question to you and to everyone. My thoughts are that smarter people than me need to really get serious about the material being taught in our schools and about the material being left out and not taught to our children. How are we programming our society? Are we programming into our children subtle ignorance’s and hatreds?

 

I was born in the Blue Ridge of SW Virginia and have lived in many states throughout the Southeast, Midwest, an Texas. My lineage is mostly all from the southeast except my Mom who was born in Benson MN but was raised in Galax VA. What I am saying is in my heart I am a Southern American but I do believe that any type of slavery is horrible and should not have ever been legal ever, especially in a country supposedly ruled by Christian morals. There are those of us in this country, our country, your country, that are proud to be Southern Americans. All of my lifetime (since 1956) the “Rebel Flag” has never ever in my heart meant to be offensive toward another person. The Confederate Flag, to me, doesn’t represent a Government, it does not represent any certain Governmental ideology. The “Southern Flag” is just that, a secondary Flag to all the people who are born and/or raised in this beautiful part of our beautiful country. Of course to most of us type folks the American Flag always flies first. To me and to most folks that I know the only thing you put before Family or Country is God Himself.

 

 

I have never bought a Confederate Flag before in my life, well sorta not. Back in about 1987 a good friend of mine in Mt Airy NC had the artistic talent to do very good tattoo work. Until I met Jerry and his wife I had never had a tattoo before. To make a longer story shorter, the second (and last) tattoo Jerry did for me was to put a large tattoo of the Southern Flag on my chest with a Bald Eagle in flight in front of it. The only message I was then, now, or ever, trying to say is that I am pleased that I was born a Southern American and there is absolutely no hate intended toward anyone. We all have a choice with every Flag in the world of how we choose to feel about it as individuals.

 

We choose which Flags to honor and which ones to ignore everyday. We choose which ones to feel hatred toward, example being the Nazi Flag, ISSIS Flag, and so on. I don’t know the answer to this problem swirling around America’s airwaves. I think this still breaks down to basics within each individual person. How do I/you as individuals choose to see things. If it is with hate, pure hate, no Government can dictate it out of us. But, a Government through its Public Education System can breed whatever it wishes into our children, programming them into their little robots, if that is what they wish to do. In this country it does seem like the biggest feeders of constant bickering is the media trying to create stories for their readers or listeners. Then of course there are all those self-serving hate filled politicians pumping the airwaves with hate and discontent.

 

This is just my opinion but I believe if we as a nation of individuals would even spent ten minutes everyday reading/studying the Bible and would even spend five minutes twice a day on our knees in prayer the mood and fortunes of our Nation would change for the better. Unfortunately this is not the “in thing” to do. It is our Nation of Individuals who are turning their back on their Creator that will get our Country destroyed, not a Southern Flag on the back of the General Lee!