On Tuesday, I watched with horror as Betsy DeVos went through her confirmation hearing. DeVos has zero experience as an educator, school administrator, or even as a public school parent. From not being able to understand the difference between growth versus proficiency in student achievement to not realizing the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law, her inability to lead the Department of Education was evident at every step in the hearing.
In fact, I would not even hire Betsy DeVos to be a first-year teacher. I expect all teachers, not even just special education teachers, to understand one of the few federal education laws, especially one that has been in existence for 40 years.
When confronted with ethical dilemmas as an educator, I have often asked myself whether I would do this for my own child to be an important decision making strategy. When it comes to Betsy DeVos, I would not want her teaching my child, let alone making decisions for the millions of children and adults attending K-12 or higher education institutions.
If you agree with me and also have concerns about her, then please complete this 1-minute form to tell your Senators to vote no on her confirmation.
Candace Burckhardt is an international education consultant with an emphasis on special education, English learners, and social-emotional learning.