Betsy Devos, secretary of the Department of Education, says teachers unions today are more concerned with furthering political agendas than they are with providing students with a quality education.
Speaking to guest host Mike Huckabee on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, DeVos said she was happy to see Democratic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Phil Murphy of New Jersey supporting the reopening of schools in the fall. The education secretary maintained that families must “not to be held captive to other people’s fears or agendas.”
Murphy, however, walked back his initial support for in-person learning in his state, declaring instead that schools can start the fall session online-only if they meet certain specifications.
“We have seen all too many districts and all too many schools across the country not actually addressing the needs of students and anticipating school in the fall,” DeVos said. “We all want to ensure students and teachers are safe when they are in school again, but those things can be done and can be clearly accomplished. The science is very clear on this.”
She went on to argue that some teachers unions prioritize education less than they do pushing a left-wing political agenda that includes “defunding the police, universal health care, destroying charter schools, eliminating the D.C. Scholarship Opportunity Program, and these are what teachers unions are demanding in order for kids to go back to school.”
“Kids have got to be together, they have got to be with their peers and in classrooms with their teachers, and we need to ensure that this happens,” DeVos continued.
The education chief also reiterated a point made by President Trump that if school districts don’t let children return to school for in-person learning, then parents should retain some of what they pay in school taxes, going on to say that families deserve choices:
Families need to have options, they need to have choices, they need to be able to find the right fit for their child or their children, and it’s becoming ever more clear, in the last few months, that this is more and more necessary for families across the country.
We’ve had an education system that’s been static for decades; a one-size-fits-all approach, and if we’ve learned anything in the last several months, it’s that children are not one-size-fits-all, and their education needs are not one-size-fits-all, and the response to this has not been a one-size-fits-all.
Teachers unions have been a major force opposing the reopening of America’s schools.
For example, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in America, has rebuked President Trump and Betsy DeVos for encouraging schools to resume in-class learning.
“Please under no circumstances take medical advice from Donald Trump or [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVos, especially when it comes to the health of your children,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told CNN. “This is a virus that kills people and Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are making a mockery of the danger that [teachers] would be in if you rush to this, if you do it wrong.”
Not surprisingly, the union has endorsed Joe Biden for president.
Meanwhile, the second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers, has greenlighted its local chapters to strike over school reopenings. And last month, the United Teachers Los Angeles union proclaimed that the Los Angeles Unified School District cannot safely reopen until “privately operated publicly funded charter schools are shut down, police are defunded, Medicare-for-All government-run health care is passed, a statewide wealth tax is implemented, housing for homeless is fully funded,” and more.
All this further highlights the reality that public schools are little more than indoctrination centers overwhelmingly run by leftist teachers and administrators.
While conservative and constitutionalist parents are justifiably outraged that schools want to take taxpayers’ money without doing their job, and are doing so under the guise of a virus hysteria that is largely a ploy by the Deep State to usurp greater government power, perhaps the wiser demand from the Right should not be to reopen the government schools, but to close them down permanently.
Why would any parent want to send their children back to a place that is so overtly poisoning young minds? Instead, conservative parents should use this as an opportunity to rescue their children from corrupt government schools.
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