Posted in DeVos, Public Ed, Trump

“Do you have any experience…?”

EXPERIENCE MATTERS

On her show last night (January 19, 2017), Rachel Maddow played a video of Donald Trump speaking at an Inauguration Eve dinner. At the dinner, then President-elect Trump said the following.

Today as you know we appointed a Secretary of Agriculture. He happens to be a farmer…He came into my office two months ago. Since then I saw ten people that everybody liked – politically correct – and I kept thinking back to Sonny Perdue…a great, great farmer. He loves the farms. He knows everything about farming. Knows everything about agriculture. He’s been successful in farming. He knows the good stuff and the bad stuff.

But people came into my office and they said, “I’m really wanting the job.”

I said, “Let me ask you a question. Do you have any experience with farms or agriculture?”

“No sir, I don’t.”

I said, “Have you ever seen a farm?”

The one gentleman, who’s a great guy, we’ll find something else…ok? But I can’t make him Secretary of Agriculture.

But we just named Sonny Perdue so I want to congratulate you. Secretary of Agriculture.

[Applause]

President Trump said that it was important for someone in the position of the Secretary of Agriculture to have some experience in farming and agriculture. The purpose of his story was to ensure us that Sonny Perdue was a good choice for Secretary of Agriculture because he is an experienced farmer and knows all the “good stuff and bad stuff” about farming.

…SOMETIMES

Apparently, the education of America’s children, and the qualifications for the Secretary of Education are not as important.

The U.S. Department of Education is responsible for the education of America’s children, nearly 90% of whom attend public schools. Betsy DeVos has never worked in a public school. She never attended at public school. She doesn’t “know everything” about public schools. She’s never been “successful” in a public school. She doesn’t have “any experience” with America’s public schools.

On the other hand, she does have a lot of money…

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Retired after 35 years in public education.