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No Experience Necessary

on February 7, 2017

Today was the day that justice would be served.

For weeks I have watched as teachers and other education supporters from all over the nation have voiced their protests over the potential confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The number of protests, tweets, blogs, news stories about why Mrs. DeVos should not be confirmed went viral. The Democrats were unanimous in their opposition to this candidate and even two Republicans joined them. Only one vote was needed to seal the deal.

As I graded projects during my planning period today, I remembered that the vote was at noon. I tuned in to C-SPAN to watch it live. In the background I heard the names being called and votes registered: “Senator Sanders: No, Senator Burr: Aye…”

There seemed to be an awful lot of no’s.

Maybe?

Final vote: 50 for, 50 against with Mike Pence sealing the deal.

Just like that, the future of public education is in the hands of someone who has no clue what it’s all about.Someone so wholly unqualified it’s embarrassing. In a profession where teachers are required to be “highly qualified” in order to teach, it seems ludicrous that the Secretary of Education would be so woefully underqualified.

Senators from my state of North Carolina voted for her, but are we surprised?  She donated thousands of dollars to them . Money talks and as we already know all too well in NC,  education is not a high priority, in fact, not a priority at all. We wallow in the bottom of all the state rankings on just about every category except student performance. Ironic?

So many of my colleagues were devastated to hear the news today. We wonder what this will mean for our schools and especially our students. Will our already meager funding be slashed even further? Will arts programs be cut? Will class sizes increase even more than the already- too-large classes most of us teach? Will our LGBTQ students face a more hostile environment?

So many questions, concerns, fears.

This coming Saturday my husband and I will be marching in yet another protest. We have joked about buying stock in poster board and markers, but we expect that this, our second protest in three weeks, is only just the beginning.

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3 responses to “No Experience Necessary

  1. Ramona says:

    Tough times call for tough people. I just picked up a book I requested from the library, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness by Alice Walker. We must find ways to act. Glad you’re marching again.

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