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Letter: Expect little from new education secretary

By Dennis Phelps, Westbrook A few weeks ago, our elected leaders decided, in their infinite wisdom, to appoint a completely unqualified leader to become education secretary for our country. This had nothing to do with the vast amounts of money th...

By Dennis Phelps, Westbrook

A few weeks ago, our elected leaders decided, in their infinite wisdom, to appoint a completely unqualified leader to become education secretary for our country. This had nothing to do with the vast amounts of money that she or her family had previously donated to the campaigns of nearly all of the elected representatives who voted for her confirmation.

 

According to them, it had to do with her unquestionable concern for the rights of each young person in this country to a good education. (Lord knows we’ve never been down this path before.) And, before we forget, we must never let those who have been involved in education for all their lives advise us on how to proceed. They only seek to benefit themselves, their unions and others like them. Their concern has never been children … but our new leader actually volunteered in a school once! How could she not have all the answers?

 

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Once again, the federal government led by a president who won in a “landslide” (less than half the popular vote) will attempt to legislate “common sense” to a group of people about whom they know little or nothing, for children about whom they know less. And we wonder why we have problems?

 

For anyone who understands public education in the context that we know it in remote rural areas, I think it will be safe to say that Ms. DeVos’ tenure will only be another exercise in futility for teachers, parents and children alike. Let’s hope we can survive it.

 

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