Orwellian Doublespeak: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she wants to “redefine” private schools to be part of public education.
The Washington Post reports:
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met privately with the nation’s top teachers Monday and asked them to talk about the obstacles they face in doing their jobs. At least one of those teachers told DeVos that some of her policies are hurting public education.
At the private meeting Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Jon Hazell questioned the policy of using taxpayer money meant for public education to fund private, often religious, schools, declaring:
We have a problem where public money is siphoned off from the public schools and given to children who are going to charter and private schools.
Hazell, a high school science teacher, said DeVos’s response shocked him:
She immediately answered that it was her goal to redefine what education is and that she wants to call all of it public education.
Commenting on the exchange, and confirming Hazell’s story, Michael Soskil Sr., Pennsylvania’s teacher of the year, said:
One of the things that was so stark and memorable in that exchange was . . . Secretary DeVos trying to redefine what the word ‘public’ is. It was almost like Orwellian double-speak to me.
In fact, Betsy DeVos is a radical Christian extremist who wants to use American schools to advance “God’s kingdom.” She wants to destroy public education and use taxpayer money to fund private Christian schools, and she has no problem with private schools using taxpayer money to discriminate against gays and others who offend the sensibilities of conservative Christians.
Previously, when asked about spending taxpayer dollars on private and religious schools, DeVos declared:
There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education…[versus] what is currently being spent every year on education in this country…Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s Kingdom.
For DeVos, “what is currently the need in education” is more Jesus, more Christianity, more religious superstition. And she is willing to destroy public education and use tax dollars to support private religious schools in order to promote her dreams of a Christian theocracy.