Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary - page 5

DeVos confirmed!!!!!!!!! :yes: Good!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to shake up our failing school system in this country. Time to put Math and Science ahead of who uses which bathroom. Time for... Read More

  1. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from nursej22
    Hopefully, before you move in.
    It is the original home that sat here where our home is now. My husband's mother's family owned it. Her dad and mom had that house moved back on the block one lot over. It was built in the late 1800's. Unfortunately, it was then lived in by relatives who did not do any upkeep on the house and it was allowed to simply disintegrate. So, we are offering the wood in the home that is still useful to local contractors. (Anyone watch Fixer Upper on HGTV and know about shiplap? ). There are lots of old fixtures as well. Some can be salvaged, some are beyond repair.
  2. by   MunoRN
    While it's true that teachers work under a large number of regulations, they are almost all from the state level or lower, the Federal government actually does very little to regulate curriculum, standards, or how teacher teach.

    Common Core for instance is commonly referenced as an example of excessive Federal control, even though Common Core actually comes from the States, specifically the National Governors Association.

    They make suggestions, such as that standardized testing shouldn't take up more than 2% of class time, which is why my teacher wife's complaint is that if anything their infrequent suggestions should be regulations instead.

    I don't think there's much disagreement that schools should be locally run, competitive, and provide a good product at a good price, which is why there's so much opposition to DeVos. The charter school initiatives she successfully lobbied for in Michigan took away control from local school boards and states, and instead gave that control and oversight to large charter school vendors, many of which were not based in Michigan much less the local area. They were essentially exempted from having to compete based on quality or price, which resulted in poorer performance at a higher cost.
  3. by   PMFB-RN
    You all need to get your DeVos jokes in while folks can still read.
  4. by   PMFB-RN
    DeVos is worth billions. She could retire to a tropical island paradise forever. Yet she put herself through the humiliation of Senate confirmation just to take school away from poor kids. How depraved is that?
  5. by   Avid reader
    I disagree BCGrad, accountability has six syllables. She cannot possibly be stupid.
  6. by   Avid reader
    I say why reinvent the wheel? We are 17th ranked internationally, so why not look at what the others are doing and modify their methodology to suit our population? I also think that most if not all of those countries have National Standards.
  7. by   toomuchbaloney
    Republicans do not want to invest in the people by providing for education, health care, clean air and water, or living wages and social safety nets.

    Republicans prefer to invest in business and then pray that business takes care of the people.
  8. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Republicans do not want to invest in the people by providing for education, health care, clean air and water, or living wages and social safety nets.

    Republicans prefer to invest in business and then pray that business takes care of the people.
    I suspect it has more to do with the fact that the uneducated or undereducated, those living in poor conditions and with few resources are those most likely to look to a leader who will promise them a better life no matter how unrealistic that promise actually is. They need someone who will tell them that their lives will be better, richer just by keeping the fat cats in power. Reality never seems to set in for the people who are being kept down by the thoroughly corrupt.

    Continuing to erode education, decrease the quality of our environment, suspend career opportunities for our children in the global market, all of this just helps to create more population of the trump base. You know, the people who think he will save the day for them. To borrow Trump's overuse of a particular adverb, Very Very sad.

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