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.