Tuesday, 17 January 2017

DeVos grilled!

BETSY DEVOS, THE right-wing activist who the Trump administration has nominated to lead the Department of Education, criticized Bernie Sanders’s plan to offer tuition-free education at public colleges and universities during her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

“Senator I think that’s a really interesting idea,” she said when asked by Sanders about his plan. “And it’s really great to consider and think about, but I think we also have to consider the fact that there’s nothing in life that’s truly free, somebody’s going to pay for it.”

The proverb about nothing in life being free is ironic coming from DeVos, whose wealth is built off of inheritance and marriage. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, who founded the Michigan-based Prince Corporation, an auto parts business that sold for $1.35 billion in 1996; she also married into the massive Amway fortune by marrying Dick DeVos, whose father co-founded that company.

She faced her 'peers' today in a rigged event ( questioners were only allowed 5 minutes of questions) prior to her becoming the next US Education Secretary and she failed miserably!
She was totally unable to tell the truth or to expound on her theories or to show that she knew anything about education! A lot of teachers in public education ( only 90% of schools in the US) and those who teach disabled students and those for low sociology- economic districts are sadly in for a long 4 years! Who knows how much damage DeVos and Trump can do to public education in 4 years?
Hysterically she advocates for guns in schools because of.........bears! 
Yes bears! 
Oh and Sen. Al Franken discovered that DeVos doesn't know the difference between proficiency and growth.

Here in Australia Andrew Laming was at it again. Turnbull' daughter who is apparently a teacher complained to daddy about nasty Andrew and this spurred him to ' have stern words' with Laming. Laming ignored all that (Maybe he's an Abbott supporter) and wrote a rebuttal about his shitty Facebook post which at the time, he thought was cute. ( He deleted it but not before it found its way onto Twitter and pissed off lots of teachers) According to Laming teaching is an 'art' but it is being turned into a trade by the evil teacher unions! ( who are apparently stifling his freedom of speech by.....tweeting his own repugnant comments and then blasting them. He is well and truely one of the also rans and it's time we stopped. Giving him oxygen!

Meanwhile I was up at work again.....on my holidays fixing up the mess after the stump was removed and doing some more tidying up.

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