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Betsy DeVos Booed at Historically Black College Commencement

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today was booed and some students turned their backs as she attempted to give speak at the graduation ceremony at Bethune-Cookman University, an historically black college in Daytona Beach.

“Let’s choose to hear each other out,” DeVos said as she strained to be heard, according to Politico. “We can choose to listen, be respectful and continue to learn from each other’s experience.”

Neve mind that DeVos is a leading backer of charter schools, the purpose of which is to save minority and low income students from teachers’ unions and provide the children with a good education.

University President Edison O. Jackson sought to stop the protest.

“If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you,” Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, said to the graduates. “Choose which way you want to go.”

Most, though not all, sat down and listened.

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11 Responses to Betsy DeVos Booed at Historically Black College Commencement

    • Old Timer! I was the original poster of this school. I live near East St Louis and I know as of today and that charter school is doing well and functioning. Lutherans from across So Illinois are helping to fund it. As a retired teacher I have always believed that a given number of children would like to learn and grow in their life styles! I know because I have taught some of them. What a blessing if you could have charter schools in some of those horrible situations such as Detroit and pull some of those children into schools where they could develop their skills and talents…so much is being wasted in those inter cities and people have no choice! What a tragedy for all those children. Lets just start with 10 charter schools in Detroit and see what happens!!

      • If memory serves, there are a few charter schools in inner city NYC which have been extremely successful in giving the kids an excellent education, a coherent philosophy of how to live a good, productive life. The graduates have gone on to great schools and professions. Can’t remember where I read the article. Fairly recent.

  1. Hopefully, they just made their degrees worthless.

    I’m normally not one to wish misfortune on someone: I really should limit myself to wishing those screaming campus garbage babies upon themselves, and call it done.

    But this has gone on too long. And acting like spoiled brats at what should be a formal event speaks quite ill indeed of the “education” these oversized ankle biters have purportedly received.

    May they all be unemployable!

    If we, as a society, want less of something, then we need to make it hurt, in direct proportion to how swiftly we want it to stop.

    • AMEN! :-)

      This is part of the larger problem…TOO MANY KIDS (many, many who should not be there to begin with) ARE GOING TO COLLEGE TO GET USELESS, EMPTY “DEGREES”

    • Like so many (not all) of our graduating college seniors, they have been programmed to internalize which thoughts and political positions to boo and hate and which they are required to love and applaud. It is a requirement for graduation.

      For four years, and at a vulnerable and highly suggestible time in their young lives, their written work, acceptable class participation and tests required that they learn and live out the answers their Progressive teachers demanded of them to important questions and issues. It is group-think at it’s most crippling and damaging. In that period of time, they become properly intolerant and highly bigoted toward political ideas they learned were not “correct”. Like laboratory mice, they learned exactly the correct response when they heard the bell sound.

      It will be many years before they find the strength and courage to discard the conditioned responses they have been trained to exhibit by their Progressive teachers. The damage runs very deep. Only after that period will they become truly thoughtful and inquisitive adults. They then will slowly learn the rewards of honest critical thinking, deep personal reflection and disciplined intellectual inquiry to discover the truth. It will be a difficult time for them, politically and psychologically, as they go through the transition from intellectual slave to mature, truly free and well rounded adult. Some will break through the fog they are now in, and some will not.

  2. “If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you,” Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, said to the graduates. “Choose which way you want to go.”

    Credit where credit is due. So few Administrators have the courage to do even this. Good on him.

  3. This “historically black” stuff is code for “segregation we like.” I think it’s time this manifestation of the past be remodeled just as Confederate flags are being take down.