Betsy DeVos, the most out of touch cabinet secretary in American history, has once again gone above and beyond to prove just how out of touch she truly is. In a feeble attempt to discredit the public schools of this already great nation, she has shown just how little she truly knows about technological advances used in teaching America’s children.
Does this look familiar? Students lined up in rows. A teacher in front of a blackboard. Sit down; don’t talk; eyes up front. Wait for the bell. Walk to the next class. Everything about our lives has moved beyond the industrial era. But American education largely hasn’t. #SXSWEDU pic.twitter.com/kyy2r7bTud
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) March 6, 2018
In a tweet, Ms. DeVos accuses the American public school system of being technologically out of date by using a stock photo of a classroom so old that both the children’s and teacher’s clothes are out of style. Of course, teachers reacted by posting pictures of their students utilizing Chromebooks, learning from a SMART board, and using technology in the classrooms.
No. It doesn’t look familiar. THIS is what public school looks like. pic.twitter.com/OYYrXvIRq2
— LPG (@puckettgarcia) March 7, 2018
Actually, your stock photos looks unfamiliar. In my classroom, and many others (that you probably don’t know about) students are the agents of their own learning and often are the ones up in front of the class teaching and learning with each other. pic.twitter.com/M02YzBBMmJ
— Alex Brown (@AlexBrown15) March 7, 2018
Don’t you know that stock photos aren’t real? How many classrooms have you visited in the past year? Classrooms don’t look like that anymore. Students don’t work like that anymore. I would think that as Sec of Edu you would be celebrating us, not putting us down. #Bye pic.twitter.com/GPDr1aS7vp
— Teresa Hurtado (@MissHurtad0KISD) March 6, 2018
It doesn’t look familiar at all. Have YOU even looked in a public school classroom in the last 10 years? pic.twitter.com/fLz7RZenYt
— Rae Malenda (@iteachgifted2) March 7, 2018
I’m not sure if Devos is only trying to further her anti-public school agenda, or if she hasn’t been paying attention when she visits classrooms, but technology has a firm place in our public schools. My nephew’s middle school requires students to own a Chromebook and will provide one to students with financial barriers. SMARTboard technology is growing in America’s classrooms and is a vital tool in the utilization of technology in the classroom.
I grew up in the 80s, and technology was heavily used in my public school experience as well. My middle school was even involved in a joint venture with PBS called “Voyage of the Mimi“, where we learned about whales, their importance to our environment, and nautical mathematics skills while watching the show, doing the lessons that came with it, and playing the games associated with it on our classroom’s trusty Apple IIC.
Like most of the Trump administration, DeVos’ agenda has them lost in the year 1955. She refuses to see that technology has been in our schools for at least 30 years, if not longer. She knows the facts of course, but since she can’t use them to further her crusade to indoctrinate our children into fundamental Christianity, they are “fake news”. Trump’s true believers will lick it up though, ignoring the fact that their kids are doing homework and learning on that socialist free laptop the school sent home.
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