By Tom Quiner
Betsy DeVos. She is Donald Trump’s most important cabinet nominee, even though she’ll work for the most superfluous of all government agencies.
Education is best managed at the state and local levels. Since Jimmy Carter installed the Department of Education early on in his term, has this nation’s education gotten better or worse? Worse.
This leads to why Betsy DeVos’ confirmation is so important, and why Democrats are opposing her as much or more than any of Mr. Trump’s other nominees. Public schools have become more about indoctrination than education in recent decades. The indoctrination is managed by the teacher’s union who donate heavily to Democratic candidates to ensure their philosophical grip on our kids.
The indoctrination flies in the face of the values that animated this nation since its founding. Radio talk show host, Dennis Prager, presented the contrasting philosophies in a brilliant column last month. Here are a few of the differences Prager points out between the philosophy being inculcated in our youth by public schools in contrast to the animating principles that defined our nation through all generations until the current one:
Source of Human Rights
Right: the Creator
Primary Role of the State
Left: increase and protect equality
Right: increase and protect liberty
Left: as large as possible
Right: as small as possible
Left: any loving unit of people
Right: a married father and mother, and children
Left: race, gender and class
Right: liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus unum
Good and Evil
Left: relative to individual and/or society
Right: based on universal absolutes
Humanity’s Primary Division(s)
Left: rich and poor; strong and weak
Right: good and evil
Ideal Primary Identity of an American
Left: world citizen
Right: American citizen
Left: a social construct
Right: male and female
Most Important Trait to Cultivate in a Child
Worth of the Human Fetus
Left: determined by the mother
Right: determined by society rooted in Judeo-Christian values
Primary Source of Crime
Left: poverty, racism and other societal flaws
Right: the criminal’s malfunctioning conscience
Read Prager’s entire column for more.
Betsy DeVos stands squarely against the teachers union’s headlock on public schools, and presents a revolutionary idea to improve our educational system: choice.
She wants our kids and their parents to have more choice at the local level on which school they attend. What this does is create competition between schools, and competition breeds innovation and accountability. If kids are making a mass exodus from certain schools, that’s a good sign that something is wrong with those schools, and school boards are motivated to force change.
Even more heretical, Ms. DeVos wants to give kids a choice on whether they attend public schools, private schools, or charter schools, which aren’t bound by stifling union rules. For the record, most charter schools are still public schools.
Even more heretical than that, President Trump has signaled his support for a $20 billion federal voucher program for families to use to send their kids to the school of their choice.
Free choice will move students beyond the grasp of the rigid ideologues who control our public schools. The future of the Democratic Party depends on the ongoing indoctrination of our kids.
They will go to the mat to try to stop Betsy DeVos.
It’s touch and go. Two left-leaning Republicans have indicated that they may oppose her, which brings her confirmation down to a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. If that happens, she’ll be confirmed. However, she’ll be defeated if one more Republican defects.
The stakes are enormous.
Betsy DeVos could spark an educational revolution that liberates our students from the crushing burden of anti-Americanism and anti-intellectualism that breeds kids who can’t read, write, or think.
That’s why Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s most important cabinet nominee. This nation can’t survive if we keep churning out uneducated kids who loathe their country.