Betsy DeVos's Disastrous Interview Proves She's Still Clueless on Education


"CBS This Morning" posted a message on Twitter on Monday morning saying the department was defending DeVos, and that she is "quite aware" that MI "needs to do better for all students".

Her interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS's "60 Minutes," broadcast Sunday night, is being mocked as the most disastrous televised tete-a-tete since Palin met Couric.

When Stahl inquired about DeVos's well-known desire to cut public education funding in favor of school choice, as covered by The Washington Post, DeVos justified her support of alternative education options with the argument that "billions and billions and billions of dollars" had been spent on public schools by the federal government with "zero results".

Whenever DeVos speaks, it feels as though the sum total of human knowledge is somehow diminished.

DeVos published a few tweets saying "60 Minutes" had failed to include information about schools in MI, the secretary's home state, that she had provided.

The moves come during a national gun control debate revived by survivors of last month's massacre at a Florida school, where 14 students and three staff were gunned down by a man with a semi-automatic rifle.

The tweet linked to a viral clip of DeVos' much-pilloried Sunday interview on "60 Minutes".

Stahl then asked DeVos whether she had visited "really bad schools" in an attempt to sort out what sort of help they may need.

Why is she known as the most hated Cabinet secretary?

DEVOS: I'm not so sure exactly how that happened.

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"I have not. I have not".

DEVOS: I don't know.

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DeVos: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school, school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems. If this is the caliber of the top education official in the land, it hardly speaks well for getting an education.

"Detroit Public Schools averaged 9 percent - 9 percent of kids are proficient", Bennett said.

"[DeVos] absolutely doesn't know a thing about public education or educational policy or what good teaching is or what curriculum is... it's a travesty and yet it fits perfectly in with the Trump administration where you put somebody who wants to destroy the environment in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency". Exit polls showed a huge education gap in the 2016 election.

DeVos said the United States has comparatively stagnated with test scores, pivoting again to school choice as the solution.

And don't make things worse by trying to claim that there are "lots of pockets" where things are going well. DeVos, who once said traditional public education is a "dead end", is proving by example as the nation's top educator that education generally is a dead end. While she argued that it "should be an option for states and communities to consider", DeVos went on to say that she would hesitate to think of "like my first grade teacher, Mrs. Zoerhoff...having a gun and being trained in that way".

How does such a high-level official maintain such a low level of learning? "DeVos is an embarrassment to responsible education choice and reform movements".

According to a September story from This American Life, DeVos has apparently always been unable to see that students are part of a system.