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.”
This is cute. Watch as President Trump and Vice President Pence suddenly materialize behind Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during an event on school choice.
Trump seems to be serious about expanding children’s access to better schools. And in Betsy DeVos, he has a fighter who is not afraid to take the arrows that slung at her by the moribund education establishment that wants to preserve the failing system. Nothing could be more important than giving kids, particularly the poorest among us, the chance to realize their God-given talents by getting a strong start with a solid education.
From Trump’s remarks:
So yesterday I said that our spending bill was a win for the American people, which is exactly what it was — an amazing day. And this is what winning for young children and kids from all over the country looks like. The opportunity scholarship program that we’re funding allows families in the inner city of our nation’s capital to leave failing public schools and attend a private school, making an extraordinary difference in these incredible young lives.
The Washington Free Beacon has a good roundup of recent histrionics from leftist college kids, who have learned that the earth turns around them and their ideas, which cannot be challenged, and that other points of view are so illegitimate that they must be shut down.
Some of this is amusing, but ultimately, it’s not funny. Children are being taught political correctness in the public schools, and the strictures against any kind of teasing, bullying, or negative attitudes toward any cultural or ideological approaches not favored by the left is instructing students that the First Amendment is garbage on parchment. If they even know what the First Amendment is.
One of the values of electing President Trump was that he helped undermine political correctness. Now, to be sure, I don’t approve of some of the things he said, and if he acted on some of those things, its abhorrent. But the president’s willingness to speak directly is a helpful antidote to the speech totalitarianism we now face.
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