In America today, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding education, namely the education of children.
Many Democrats have gotten on board with critical race theory, drag queens, and gender ideology being taught to very young children. Meanwhile, conservatives and numerous concerned parents across America believe it’s inappropriate for children to be exposed to any of this.
Teachers unions have also largely fallen out of favor with parents. This is primarily a result of their resistance to school choice, along with these unions’ support for school closures and COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Now, former Trump aide Betsy DeVos is warning the country would be better served without the federal Department of Education.
The Case For Ending the Education Department
During the Trump administration, DeVos worked as the secretary of education and had a firsthand look at what the Education Department entails.
According to her account, getting through any meaningful reforms regarding education involved working around long-time personnel. DeVos said a lot of people within the Education Department also didn’t have a genuine interest in meeting the moment to get anything accomplished.
The former education secretary also stated that while not everyone in the department caused problems, the negatives outweighed the positives.
… says the guy who needlessly kept schools closed for nearly two years, because the union bosses made him.
Putting parents in charge of education decisions wouldn't "destroy" public education. It would protect students from politicians like you. https://t.co/rkb2I8EHng
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) July 18, 2022
In light of these facts, it’s DeVos’ view that getting rid of the Education Department entirely and empowering parents to make schooling choices for their kids is best.
During this past weekend’s Moms For Liberty summit is when the former education secretary endorsed removing the department altogether. Other Republicans, such as Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) have expressed similar sentiments as well.
Putting Children First
For quite some time, the Education Department, along with teachers unions, was regarded as a body dedicated to the education of children. However, as this outlook changes amongst the public, leaders like DeVos and Massie believe the power these groups have should change as well.
Under the current system of education that is publicly managed on a large scale, children continue to suffer from the time they spent out of classrooms in 2020 and 2021.
Quality out-of-school time programs have always supported students' academic, social, and emotional growth, but as we recover from the pandemic, these opportunities have never mattered more.
— Secretary Miguel Cardona (@SecCardona) July 16, 2022
Democrats who have criticized DeVos for calling to scrap the Education Department issued no objections to the teachers’ unions calling for schools to remain closed for just about two years on end.
Then again, Democrats in various positions of power remain deeply attached to the teachers unions.