NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Just days after picking Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education, President-elect Donald Trump has tapped another wealthy outsider by naming Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán to head the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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I am more qualified to be appointed Secretary of Education than Betsy DeVos.
I don’t take issue with her not having a decree in education. (She has a degree in political science, as do I.) I don’t take issue with her never having been an educator. (I am not an educator either; however, I have had to teach throughout my professional career.) And I don’t take issue with her never having worked in the public school system. (I’ve not worked in the public school system, but I have given guest talks at public schools.)
So what makes me more qualified than Ms. DeVos? I attended public schools. Indeed, I attended a public elementary, middle and high school. I also attended a public state university. Ms. DeVos attended a private christian high school and a private christian university. She also sent her four children to private school. Is it of any surprise that she is uninterested in bettering public schools? Rather, she prefers for-profit educational systems, unregulated charter schools, and a voucher system.
Letting the elephant in the room issue of separation of church and state lie, for the moment, I don’t want my taxpayer dollars subsidizing private educational systems that are not all inclusive. And I don’t want my taxpayer dollars funding unregulated charter schools. Rather, I’d prefer to watch my taxpayer dollars improve upon the public school system currently in place. A challenging, yet worthy cause, and one befitting the Secretary of Education. Obviously.
The upside? Ms. DeVos is no friend of teacher unions. (Unqualifiedly, I have more experience with labor negotiations than her.)