Education Secretary Betsy DeVos attacked all university faculty, “from adjunct professors to deans,” of brainwashing college students.
In her prepared remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) the billionaire heiress to the Amway fortune attacked American college professors for tainting young students with liberal ideology.
“The fight against the education establishment extends to you too,” DeVos said, after asking if there were college students in the audience. “The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and more ominously, what to think.”
Thursday’s speech wasn’t the first time DeVos attacked teachers. Last week, Secretary DeVos found herself the subject of ridicule by the verified Twitter account for Washington, DC’s Jefferson academy. After DeVos told right-wing blog Townhall that she thought the teachers at Jefferson were in “receive mode,” the school praised its faculty in an 11-tweet thread that described the hard work educators were taking on to give students a quality education.
DeVos is one of the more controversial members of Trump’s cabinet, as she and her family donated roughly $40,000 to the campaigns of four Republicans on the Senate Education Committee. DeVos and her husband donated $2.7 million to Republicans and Republican causes in 2016 alone.
In past interviews, DeVos has said her goal is to use public schools to “advance God’s kingdom,” and advocates for redistributing taxpayer money to private religious schools through the use of vouchers. The New York Times found that in studying voucher programs across several states over a period of years, school vouchers actually resulted in “significant losses in achievement” for students that received them.
We have a unique window of opportunity to make school choice a reality for millions of families,” DeVos said at CPAC.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.