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    Betsy DeVos Is The Biggest Joke We’ve Ever Seen, But She’s Really No Different Than Arne Duncan And Obama So Stop Pretending You Suddenly Care About Education

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    Update: The highly unqualified donor Betsy Duvos has been confirmed as Secretary of Education. All Republican senators except for two voted for her, leaving it a tie vote, and allowing VP Mike Pence to break the tie in her favor. Just as we gave a shoutout to the democrats who were willing to cross party lines and vote against the pay raise in the Massachusetts State Legislature last week, we also give a shoutout to Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for voting with the democrats this time around. Betsy Duvos is a joke, who basically just bought herself a cabinet position. Terrible, terrible decision by Trump. 

    Just wanted to make something clear – this is not now, nor has it ever been, a Donald Trump fanboy blog. We just preferred him to Hillary Clinton, find his antics to be hilarious, and love how much he pisses off our mortal enemies. But that doesn’t mean we actually buy into most of the shit he’s selling, and we’re certainly not afraid to call him out when he fucks up. And in the last 48 hours one of his fuck ups has become very apparent:

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    Her name is Betsy DeVos, and she is Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. Oh yea, and she has absolutely no fucking clue what she’s talking about. When these people get picked they have to go in front of a group of Senators who grill them about the job. It’s mostly just partisan ball-busting. Ninety-nine percent of the time they end up getting confirmed. Republican Senators did the same thing to every single one of Obama’s picks for his cabinet, and now it’s the Democrats turn to pay it back.

    Now, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been making a fool of herself all week, as usual. She was one of just three who actually had the nerve to vote against Mad Dog Mattis for Defense Secretary. Literally everyone likes the Mad Dog. Conservatives, liberals, anarchists, lesbians, scientologists, you name it. It’s impossible not to like the Mad Dog. Naturally Liz Warren couldn’t vote for him because she’s the democrats version of Trump – a child who holds grudges and lacks the ability to work with people she doesn’t like. They grilled him about gays in the military and pussy grabbing and a bunch of stuff that ultimately doesn’t matter.

    But I don’t care what party you belong to, there isn’t a person out there who could possibly think Betsy DeVos is qualified to be Secretary of Education. Just watch this 3:00 minute partisan video and you’ll have a better understanding of what an abortion sandwich she made of herself at the confirmation hearing:

    Can I just say how awful the sound of Liz Warren’s voice is. I detest being on the same side as her for once. But seriously, “pro-grums.” Who the hell says “pro-grums?” She almost made me feel bad for Betsy DeVos for a minute there. She has to be the most unlikeable politician who has ever lived.

    Anyway, Betsy DeVos didn’t know what accountability meant. She didn’t know that the Americans with Disabilities Act isn’t something that states can just ignore. She doesn’t understand the extremely simple concept of the difference between proficiency and student growth (proficiency is a benchmark an individual student reaches on a standardized test, while student growth is how much that particular student improved on said standardized test from one year to the next).

    And of course the most hilarious part was when she couldn’t promise Senator Murphy that guns should be kept out of schools, not because of a fear of another Sandy Hook massacre, but because of a fear of grizzly bears. Ya got that? Fucking GRIZZLY BEARS!! And for what it’s worth the school in Wyoming she was referring to protects itself from grizzly bears with a fence and bear spray. They don’t have guns there, nor do they want them.

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    She’s clearly just a right wing partisan hack who has been trained to say “states rights” and “more guns” over and over again. Turtleboy is in favor of state’s rights and gun rights, but you should actually know when to use those phrases if you choose to use them. And clearly this was not the right venue. She literally has no clue what she’s talking about. It’s as if she didn’t even bother preparing at all. Trump can get away with that because he’s funny. This chick ain’t funny. She’s just sad.

    Here’s my question – why are we even talking about guns in schools? Is this really the big issue concerning public education right now? See, this is what’s wrong with democrats. Everything always comes back to guns and gays. Those are the only things that they care about. The special needs questions from Maggie Hassan were good questions. Millions of children will be affected by that. But we’re wasting time talking about some school in Wyoming? This is why we can’t have nice things.

    Why wasn’t Liz Warren or Chris Murphy grilling her on charter schools? After all, her big project was “fixing” the Detroit Public Schools by designing a charter school system that was supposed to “fix” the DPS. Except the whole thing was a massive failure:

    “Even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country.” In the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Detroit had the lowest reading and mathematics scores “by far” over any city participating in the evaluation.”

    Why isn’t she being asked straight up – do you think teachers should be fired if their students standardized test scores aren’t high enough? Because that’s what Obama’s Department of Education has been doing for the last eight years.

    Why isn’t she being grilled on her close ties to George W. Bush, and his abysmal failure known as “No Child Left Behind?”

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    Why isn’t she being grilled on her recent statement that public schools should be taken over by “entrepreneurs and innovators,” (i.e. letting people like Mark Zuckerberg turn public schools into another piece in their portfolio)? Not even exaggerating, she actually said that the problem with public education is that it’s not run by people like Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bazos:

    “As long as education remains a closed system, we will never see the education equivalents of Google, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal, Wikipedia, or Uber.”

    Why isn’t anyone asking the very simple and most pertinent question – “How the hell do you think you’re qualified to run the American public school system if you’ve never attended a public school, worked in a public school, and have been actively working to AGAINST public schools your entire life?”

    So now that we’ve called out Betsy, it’s time to call out all the frauds on Turtleboy’s Facebook roster who are railing against her. My question for you people is, where the hell have you been the last eight years? Where were you when this dipshit was fucking over teachers and doing every single thing that you’re critical of Betsy DeVos about?

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    His name is Arne Duncan. And if you’re not just as fired up at him and Obama as you are about DeVos and Trump, then you’re a gigantic hypocrite. During Duncan’s tenure in office:

    * He used his control of billions of dollars to promote a dual school system of privately managed charter schools operating alongside public schools; (just like Betsy DeVos)

    * He has done nothing to call attention to the fraud and corruption in the charter sector or to curb charters run by non-educators for profit or to insist on charter school accountability or to require charters to enroll the neediest children; (just like Betsy DeVos)

    * He pushed to require states to evaluate teachers by the test scores of their students, which has caused massive demoralization among teachers, raised the stakes attached to testing, and produced no positive results; (just like Betsy DeVos)

    * He has been silent as state after state has attacked collective bargaining and due process for teachers; (just like Betsy DeVos)

    * He has done nothing in response to the explosion of voucher programs that transfer public funds to religious schools; (just like Betsy DeVos)

    * He has unleashed a mad frenzy of testing in classrooms across the country, treating standardized test scores as the goal of all education, rather than as a measure; (just like Betsy DeVos)

    * His tenure has been marked by the rise of an aggressive privatization movement, which seeks to eliminate public education in urban districts, where residents have the least political power; (just like Betsy DeVos)

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    * Duncan has regularly accused parents and teachers of “lying” to students. For reasons that are unclear, he wants everyone to believe that our public schools are terrible, our students are lazy, not too bright, and lacking ambition. If he were a basketball coach, he would have been encouraging the team to try harder and to reach for greater accomplishment, but instead he took every opportunity to run down the team and repeat how dreadful they are. He spoke of “respect” but he never showed it. (Betsy DeVos hasn’t done this….yet)

    So yea, where you people been at for the last eight years? Or do you only give a shit about education when Trump is in office? Frauds.

    Here’s the bottom line – Betsy DeVos got nominated for this gig because education wasn’t an issue in the campaign. This was the department that Trump put the least amount of thought into. Because the American people made it perfectly clear that they don’t give a shit about education. And Betsy is what you get when education is an issue that wasn’t even brought up at a single debate. If Hillary Clinton had gone on the offensive about these issues, and showed the American people that she intended on cleaning up Obama and Duncan’s failures from the last eight years, then Turtleboy would’ve considered voting for her. CONSIDERED. But instead she made her campaign entirely about the doomsday scenario of Trump becoming President. She brought up a Colombian porn star’s name at three separate debates, but didn’t bring up education once. She brought up pussy grabbing and imaginary racism and homophobia and xenopohobia, and a bunch of other shit that ultimately meant nothing. The American people were not convinced, Trump won, and now we’ve been fed this shit on a platter. Hopefully the Senators vote AGAINST confirmation on this one, and Trump actually appoints someone who isn’t a complete fucking joke.

     

     

     

     

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    1. Wwy


      We killed education by bringin Jewish communists to America after they were kicked out of Russia,now they write and report news,they teach,a Christian nation got turned into a holocaust nation,only dumb people would consider a bush or Clinton,but the kikes own you.

    2. Jack Mehoff


      The US wastes more money and gets worst results on public education than most developed nations in the world. We should be number one, we are like number 30. The public school unions are interested only in perpetuating mediocrity in our students while reaping millions in dues.

      This lady may not be ideal but changes have to be made. Just look at all the comments you post from Facebook. Does that represent a good return on our education investment?

      1. Steve Grabowski


        So perhaps you can explain to me why “right to work” states like Mississippi and Louisiana are the ones that produce the worst results, whereas if union-friendly Massachusetts were a country, we would be close to the top of the list?

        And we will never be number one. Our kids in Mississippi will never be able to compete with Finland, sorry.

    3. Lincolntf


      We need a total disruption of the public school system, as it has become nothing but a jobs program for otherwise unemployable leftwing nutjobs. Here’s an idea, let’s pretend that education is important. In important jobs, those who fail to produce are fired and replaced by more capable workers. Not so in education, where failure, and treading water, is the norm. Show up, get a check, post some pathetic “I have to buy my own pencils!” screed on Facebook like you’re a fucking martyr, get a pension. Repeat for generation after generation.

      1. Turtleboy


        What makes a teacher a failure? The performance of their students? Because if that’s the case then who would ever work in southbridge or Lawrence?

        1. Lincolntf


          If there’s no metric for failure, then there’s no metric for success, either. Which shows just how backward and broken the system is. My wife is a college prof., and many of the students at her current University come from public schools. I’ve read their papers many times, and it’s a sad, sad thing that anybody was ever compensated a dime for “teaching” these kids. When there is no accountability for Teachers, the kids get ripped off, big time.

          1. Turtleboy


            I noticed you didn’t answer my question. What’s the metric for failure? Because we’d all love to hear your solution to this complex issue

            1. Lincolntf


              Here’s an example of failure. A kid who passes Geometry but can’t identify a right angle. A kid who passes Western Lit., and can’t identify the author of The Canterbury Tales. A kid who passed U.S. History, and doesn’t know who fought who in WW2. These people exist, you probably know some, with diplomas and graduation pictures and all. Every single one of them is a victim of fraud, as are their future employers.

            2. Jack Mehoff


              I’d be happy to chime in here. Failure does start with the teacher but doesn’t end there. The liberalization of our society has made our schools a joke. Everyone passes, no one is held back (teacher should make the call) because that would hurt the self esteem of the little snowflake. Kids cannot be pushed to learn, lawyers get involved, teachers get fired.

              Worcester State and most colleges admit HS graduates into teaching programs from those who have the lowest SAT scores – the ones with the highest go one to engineering, science , math. So you have generally dumb teachers. They may have a big heart and try really hard but don’t have the skills to really inspire or succeed. I have a daughter-in-law who fits this profile exactly. Nice kid, had to take the State certification test nine times before she passed it. Now she has a Masters. Dumber than a stump, can’t follow a recipe. I feel for her students. She is the norm.

              Until the education system gets turned on its head and kids get promoted from grade to grade when they achieve goals, nothing will happen. Until teachers are held to the same standards and paid for their value, nothing will happen. The dumb ones have to go.

              Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong and Japan will continue to kick our asses in producing the best and brightest.

          2. ZephyrCat


            I think that’s why you see some of these minority students losing their shit at major universities. They’re in way over their heads, they don’t belong there and then they get mad & blame everyone else for their failings. Because it couldn’t possibly be their shortcomings. The system must be racist & biased. Yeah, it is. Only it’s because these kids were pushed along with quotas & affirmative action. The whole program’s fucked.

    4. Dennis O'Bell


      Public education is a joke, run by lesbians like Randi Weingarten. Throwing money at everything with little in return. I’m amazed how little homeworks kids have and the test scores still stink.

      It doesn’t matter TB, whether she’s confirmed or not. No change will happen.

      PS Elizabeth Warren is a muppet twat

    5. Hugh Beaumont


      The federal government shouldn’t have anything at all to do with education. It should be up to each state.

    6. KJDS


      The federal Department of Education should be dissolved and Common Core thrown away.

    7. W J Clinton


      I don’t know, she’s got kind of a GILF vibe going on there. Probably would.

    8. Love it


      Perfectly stated.

    9. titi ho


      turtleturd, why does the publikkk skkkool system need soooooooo many administrators?
      yoouuuuuuuuuuu got it..all the idiotic federal regulations and standards. And also its a patronage job handed out to donors by political hacks.

    10. FatFingr Lou


      Instead of enforcing, and god-forbid, raising standards, we’ve accepted waivers, exceptions, exclusions and allowances. We’ve accommodated the underachievers, cheered the mediocre, and focused resources and time on remedial and special needs to the detriment of the whole. There is no performance bar anymore.

      Every public institution has been affected by this attitude and behavior, including the military.

      1. Married to a WPS Teacher


        So, special needs students (real ones, with real disabilities) – not the brats with behavioral issues with parents like you – should be marginalized further so your junior muff can have the teacher hold their hand while they recite the alphabet? So he can grow up and be a bully and treat others as worthless or sub-human?

        You’re some kind of role model, huh?

    11. ZephyrCat


      I have always left open the option that Trump is part of this game the “elites” are playing. Clinton pushed for working women and daycare, Bush set up the system’s standard so when Obama rolled thru it was easier to brainwash the kiddies. And what do we have today? College kids who have no clue, can’t get a job, are saddled with debt, live in mom & dad’s basement and are FUCKING ANGRY! All they learned was fairness and participation trophies and temper tantrums to get their way. And here they are, ready to piss on anything they don’t like. I don’t know, education is not a throwaway position as a favor to someone. Ambassadorships to Fiji & Barbados are for that. Makes Trump fishy as fuck!

    12. Howbow Dah


      Just how bad can she do? More than half of the country can’t read, write or speak proper English as it is.

    13. Richard Cranium


      Let face it. Modern day education sucks. The teachers suck. The parents suck. The kids are fucking lazy and stupid. The government (federal and state) imposes too many ridiculous unfunded mandates on the schools.

      With all of this so ‘effed up… Why not have more Charter Schools. Like Trump said to inner city blacks. You’ve been doing it this way for so long and nothing has improved, so what have you got to lose?

    14. Realist


      As TB said there’s no way to measure a Teacher’s ability in a Southbridge or Lawrence situation. I’ve mentioned this before you could bring the so called best Teachers from your more affluent towns in the State and they would not succeed in the towns mentioned. Where the opposite would happen for half of the teachers if roles were reversed they would succeed and be a shining star in that affluent town. History repeats itself people, in 1968 people were talking the same way about that generation and problems. Right now it looks a lot like 1968. The unfortunate part Nixon with all his faults was more prepared then this incompetent con.

      1. Married to a WPS Teacher


        Why does TB allow Clive to ghost write every blog related to education? Are Dianne Williamson or Old Balls too busy? Only those three could agree with the logic in these arguments.

        And let’s just keep dumbing down our kids so they’ll vote Democrat, keep hiring unqualified morons who are barely more literate than their worst students, while shoveling more money into the pockets of the corrupt unions?

        Sounds like a plan only a lib product of that failed system could love.

        BTW – I hate deVos as the Ed. Sec. pick

    15. Worcesterite


      HRC brought up the name of a former Ms Universe from Venezuela: Alicia Machado. She’s not a pornstar nor Colombian.
      Sorry for nitpicking, but it bothers me as a Hispanic when Americans mix countries.
      Love the blog!

    16. Duane Swacker


      “. . . student growth is how much that particular student improved on said standardized test from one year to the next.”

      No, the students don’t take the same standardized test year after year. Yes, that would supposedly* show that growth. But they take a different test every year so what is considered to be growth is well, let’s just call it what it is-bullshit.

      *Psychometrics is the modern day phrenology wherein the attempt is to “measure” the inmeasurable. In other words all the standards and standardized testing is bullshit. If you would like a further explanation contact me at my email address.

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