Ep. 4 The Miseducation of Betsy Devoid/Jeff Fartenberry
World Education News and Review:
Certainly a lot of superlatives can be attributed to the U.S.:
…the third most populous country in the world with 327.7 million people;
… the largest economy; the most powerful military, among others.
… The U.S. also has the second largest higher education system (China overtook the U.S. in this regard roughly around 2001), and it is the top destination for globally mobile students… the U.S. faces increasing threats to its dominance of the international student market, not least from its own political and cultural climate, as the country is increasingly seen as unwelcoming to immigrants and foreigners.
Domestically, income inequality is among the worst of the major advanced economies.
The dominance of the U.S. among host nations of international students, however, is slowly eroding.
- As mentioned, the U.S. has gradually lost market share, even as absolute growth has continued.
- Other nations are catching up, often with the aid of proactive government-led strategies, increasingly offering high-quality education programs in English and very often at a substantially lower cost.
- The current political climate in the U.S. has likely had an impact and will continue to, particularly under the administration of President Trump.
Additionally, there are reports of increases in denials and delays in the issuance of U.S. student visas.
Proposed changes to U.S. immigration policies, including allowing international students to stay and work in the U.S. after graduation, may also pose problems for recruitment.
Furthermore, some students are sensitive to issues of safety, real or perceived. Mass shootings and the protracted debate on gun violence in the U.S. often garner international attention, as do hate crimes aimed at certain groups.
- For example, the shooting of two Indian nationals in a bar in Kansas in 2017 gained media attention in India, possibly causing some Indian students and parents to reconsider applying to U.S. institutions.
As stated earlier, international students have limited opportunities to work during and after their studies.
The United States Constitution makes no explicit mention of education…
… but the 10th Amendment to the Constitution states that all powers not specifically delegated to the federal government are delegated to state governments. As a result, the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the territories, are directly in charge of their own education systems, resulting in tremendous diversity of education nationwide.
Students can receive special education in both school and non-school settings, such as medical institutions. The primary federal law guaranteeing special education is the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).”
ENTER BETSY DEVOS AS EDUCATION SECRETARY
During her 2017 confirmation hearing, she was asked whether she thought guns belonged in schools and referred to one Wyoming school and said, “I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies.” And she did not seem to understand that states could not choose whether to comply with the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
Her confirmation by the Senate was the first in U.S. history to require a vice president to break a tie.
Betsy DeVoid is devoid of experience, knowledge, competence, compassion, or empathy to the do the job that she has been gifted by President Trump. Her main mission is to privatize public schools. Taking public funds to be able to discriminate and let schools have the choice of who they want to take… To already known disasterous repurcussions and outcomes.
Education is such a hot topic. Mess with our kids and we will scratch your eyes out, but why does our government want to shame public schools and divert funds to charter schools?! It a Republican War being waged on public schools.
In this episode, we chat about public education, private schools, and charter schools. This topic has so many layers and when you break it down you really start to see that discrimination starts early around here.
Don’t forget to grab our book for the month, Rutger Bergman’s Utopia for Realists. We plan to talk about it in upcoming episodes.
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We also chat about the race for Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District currently held by Jeff Fortenberry. Know your candidates!
Kate Bolz: https://katebolz.com/
Barbara Ramsey: https://www.babsforcongress.com/