Privatization Queen Betsy DeVos Gets Some Street Justice… Higher Education Style (good for you, Bethune-Cookman University)

by Scott Creighton

Couldn’t pass up on this one.

Sec. of Education, privatization queen Betsy DeVos, a woman who wants nothing more than to see the entire Department of Education privatized in order to make those billions of dollars available for the snake oil salesmen in the charter school industry, decided to get herself a little street cred by heading to Bethune-Cookman University to deliver their commencement address today.

Not a good move.

Betsy was booed mightily by the students attending the event. Many were angry because attendance was mandatory for graduation.

When she began her speech, the graduating class stood and turned their backs on her prompting the dean of the school to interrupt DeVos and threaten the students by saying if they didn’t behave, the cerimony would be over and he would “mail their degrees to them. Choose which way you want to go”

Students don’t like DeVos. For one reason, she said a while ago that traditionally black universities were rooted in the “school choice” movement. Of course, that is self-serving ridiculous crap. Traditionally black schools are rooted in racism as their students, while qualified, couldn’t get accepted at other schools because of their race. Especially in the south.

Betsy later walked back that insensitive comment but the damage was already done.

Betsy DeVos is a silver-spooner idiot who’s family has donated over 200 million dollars to the Republican party over the course of several years. She knows nothing about teaching or about managing a school system but Trump made her Secretary of Education because she shares at least one neoliberal ideology with him and that is the desire to privatize public education so billionaires like Oprah, Bill Gates, Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos can make a profit off of it. Also so they can make sure poor black people don’t get the same kind of education rich white kids get.

One of the key takeaways from her confirmation hearing is the fact that she does not think charter schools should be held to the same academic standards that public schools are held to. And she believes that because she knows public schools are held to those standards in order to make them look like they are failing so they can be privatized. She also knows that being run like a business, she wants owners of charter schools to be able to cut corners and do what they can to make the most profits regardless of the outcome on the education of the children in their charge.

Nothing is more disgusting to me than cheating a child out of a quality education and doing it for a fucking buck.

You steal a man’s life and he’s no longer around to suffer.

You steal his money and maybe eventually he can make more.

But you steal a child’s education you steal their goddamned future and nothing, I mean nothing is more despicable than that. Nothing.

She is a nasty, sickening human being who clearly thought this stunt would go over better than it did.

In the end, students calmed down a bit and let her get through her vapid patronizing little speech. At least one was escorted out holding up his right fist in defiance.

Yesterday, student in Chile took to the streets to demand education reforms. They are sick of privatized education. Some of you might recall, the charter school system was put in place by Augusto Pinochet after the CIA and the neoliberal Chicago Boys removed him from office on Sept. 11th, 1973. That’s the real foundation of “school choice” or the charter school system.

To the students at Bethune-Cookman University I wish to extend my congratulations to you all. I congratulate you on graduation and on your courage to stand up and turn your backs on that filthy little silver-spooner lying rat who defamed your day of celebration with her presence.

You stood in protest shoulder to shoulder with your brothers and sisters across the globe who oppose this horrible system and it’s messengers. And I couldn’t be happier or prouder too say I come from the same state of Florida as you brave kids. Good for you.

Today I “celebrate” 51 years of life

Next month I celebrate 10 years of running this website and there is nothing I am more proud of

I could really use some help guys

Thank you all so much

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6 Responses

  1. wow
    The courage it took to boo her… our young people may yet save America……

    • did you see that? the whole graduating class stood up and turned their backs to her. wow. can you imagine someone doing that to you? would you keep doing your speech if it happened? I think I would get the hint and say “thanks. goodnight. try the veal.” and make a break for the exits. these fucks are so entitled, these neoliberal privatization queens like DeVos, they just don’t care. “I’m speaking and you’re just gonna sit there and take it. meh!”

      One of these days when the shit hits the fan, students and angry townsfolk aren’t gonna politely sit back down and be silenced and one of these neoliberal masters of the universe is going to pay a heavy price for this shit. They’re just rolling the dice until then but it will happen. and it wont be pretty.

  2. Happy B day Scott, with a wish for many more to come.

    Tried to use PayPal to sent a gift but says was not able to connect because server wasn’t secure. Thought it might be them f ing with you but tried going to the the site directly and got same message. Looks like you’ll have to wait on that gift, but it’s coming. Cheers Rachel

  3. If Alex Jones has kids, he should put his money where his mouth is, and enroll them in a DeVos school. Same for all the other alt-right buffoons.

  4. For one reason, she said a while ago that traditionally black universities were rooted in the “school choice” movement.

    Does she say that because it was written into the speech or because she actually believes that? If the latter, that’s scary, to have someone that stupid in charge of the Education Dept.

    Check out this story from the Muslim press, about food and medicine being ‘weaponized,’

    http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_103491.shtml

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