Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Pick Wants To Make Christianity A Bigger Part Of Schooling

Dec 4, 2016

By Rebecca Klein

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, spoke at a 2001 conference with her husband, Dick, about using educational philanthropy to promote their conservative Christian worldview to children.

The conference was hosted by The Gathering, a group of elite Christian philanthropists. Researcher Bruce Wilson, co-founder of the website Talk To Action, unearthed the audio after going through archives on The Gathering’s website. The recordings have since become unavailable, but a cached version of the website lists the DeVoses as “general session speakers” at the conference, which carried a $1,200 per person registration fee.

This week, The Huffington Post had contacted spokespeople for DeVos, the Trump transition team and The Gathering to confirm that it was the president-elect’s education secretary pick speaking on the audio. No one responded. However, a summer 2001 newsletter that The Gathering published, and which Wilson obtained, also confirms that they were set to speak at the group’s upcoming conference.

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2 comments on “Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Pick Wants To Make Christianity A Bigger Part Of Schooling

  • It will be interesting to what priorities affect the competitive and cost issues.

    How does the United States perform overall?

    Among the 34 OECD countries, the United States performed below average in 2012 in mathematics (rank 261), comparable with Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, the Russian Federation, the Slovak Republic, Spain and Sweden.

    In reading, the United States performed around the average (rank 172), comparable with Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Viet Nam. In science, the performance of the United States was also close to the OECD average (rank 213) and comparable with that of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal and Spain.

    The trend data show no significant changes in the average performance of U.S. 15-year-old students in the mathematics, reading and science over time.

    Just over one-quarter (26%) of 15-year-olds in the United States do not reach the PISA baseline Level 2 of mathematics proficiency, at which level students begin to demonstrate the skills that will enable them to participate effectively and productively in life. This percentage is higher than the OECD average of 23% and has remained unchanged since 2003. By contrast, in Hong Kong-China, Korea, Shanghai-China and Singapore, 10% of students or fewer are poor performers in mathematics.

    At the other end of the performance scale, the United States also has a below-average share of top performers in mathematics.
    These students can develop and work with models for complex
    situations, and work strategically using broad, well-developed thinking and reasoning skills.
    Only 2% of students in the United States reach the highest level (Level 6) of performance in mathematics, compared with an OECD average of 3% and 31% of students in Shanghai-China.
    The proportions of top performers in reading and science in the United States are both around the OECD average.

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  • It seems that at Trump’s inauguration there will be somewhat of a gender stereotyping split in the entertainment according to the pictures of show-girls and suits, on this link!

    Donald Trump inauguration to feature Rockettes and Mormon choir
    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Radio City Rockettes will perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, it has been announced.

    The US president-elect’s transition team confirmed the acts would perform at the ceremony on 20 January.

    Several high-profile musicians including Elton John and Celine Dion have refused to perform at the event.

    But Mr Trump has claimed many celebrities have been requesting tickets for it.

    I’m not sure how Mormon Choirs fit with separation of church and state on state occasions?

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