To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education

Jun 12, 2017

By Erica L. Green

The students formed a circle around the Rev. Ray Vanderlaan, who draped himself in a Jewish ceremonial prayer shawl to cap his final lesson to graduating seniors in his discipleship seminar at Holland Christian High School.

“We’re sending you out into a broken world, in part because of my generation,” the minister told the students. Referring to God, he exhorted them to “extend his kingdom.”

Mr. Vanderlaan could not have missed his lesson’s echoes of Holland Christian’s most famous graduate, Betsy DeVos, who proclaimed in an audio recording that surfaced in December that her education advocacy would “advance God’s kingdom.” Last month, in her first commencement address as education secretary, Ms. DeVos again reflected her own education when she told graduates at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., that “my generation hasn’t done a great job when it comes to dealing with one another in grace.”

She continued, “You have an opportunity to do better.”

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3 comments on “To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education

  • @OP – Last month, in her first commencement address as education secretary, Ms. DeVos again reflected her own education when she told graduates at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., that “my generation hasn’t done a great job when it comes to dealing with one another in grace.”

    Well they certainly did a poor job in supposedly educating her and Trump in any form of “grace” or on the elegance of scientific concepts!



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  • Devos. Again, an agent of destruction, along with the other carefully chosen appointees. —The agenda: the destruction of public education, social security, medicare, medicaid, welfare, all financial and environmental regulations, voting rights while they continue to vilify and misrepresent those who dissent; funds for public education and the arts will be rolled back. — This will all favor the wealthy for a period of time, and make justice, equality, and human dignity impossible, will, at best, threaten any semblance of a social state, and our very democracy itself.

    She is a liar. “She is moving to defund our system of public education and use government vouchers to expand corporate charter school chains and those run by the [totalitarian] Christian Right.” (Hedges) This is not about “choice”! School choice is like religious freedom, a manipulation of language, a deception. The far right, along with the religious right, are liars and the enemies of equality, justice and reason.

    Listen to what I say – but not because it is I who am saying it – and if you can, do something about it.



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  • @OP – Betsy DeVos, who proclaimed in an audio recording that surfaced in December that her education advocacy would “advance God’s kingdom.”

    There are however possibilities for global education, to simply bypass islands of superstitious ignorance!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40422011

    European aerospace giant Airbus and its partner, OneWeb, have begun the production of a satellite mega-constellation.

    The network will comprise at least 600 spacecraft in the first instance, but could eventually encompass more than 2,000.

    The aim is to deliver broadband links from orbit to every corner of the globe.

    In particular, the project wants every school to have a connection.

    Airbus and OneWeb have inaugurated the first assembly line in Toulouse, France. Two further lines will be set up in a soon-to-open factory complex in Florida.

    The first 10 satellites to come off the Toulouse assembly line have a deadline to launch in April next year.

    Another batch will follow into orbit around November. And then the launch cadence will kick on apace.

    The establishment of the OneWeb constellation requires the greatest rocket campaign in the history of spaceflight.

    More than 20 Soyuz vehicles have been booked to throw clusters of 32-36 satellites into a web some 1,200km above the Earth.

    There should be just under 300 on station by the end of 2020, the start of 2021; more than 600 about a year or so later; and then over 800 by the middle of the decade.

    OneWeb and Airbus are not the only companies planning a mega-constellation in the sky. SpaceX, Boeing, ViaSat and others have all sought regulatory approval. But not everyone will succeed in getting the necessary multi-billion-dollar financing, and Airbus believes the OneWeb concept has first-mover advantage.

    Equity of $1.7bn has already been raised, and talks are ongoing to secure the loans needed to complete the roll-out.



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