With the upcoming vote on Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education (just typing those words makes me nauseous), there has been quite a bit on social media encouraging Senators to vote no. It seems unlikely this will happen with those that have the R beside their name. It saddens me that our education system has become so divisive along party lines when it comes to something that is common sense to anyone with a pulse. She has zero experience in public education. None. Zilch. Nada.
Oh, wait. She mentored students in public schools (whatever the hell that means to her, and to the poor students she mentored).
Yet, just because she’s Trump’s nominee, and Trump won under the letter R, and Republican politicians are so giddy about having control in D.C., she’ll get in.
Common sense has come here to die.
There have been some that have said the tweets, Facebook posts, and blog posts begging for our legislators to use common sense are a waste of time. Those Senators were voted into office, they don’t give a damn what us commoners think, and they will vote the way they want (or those who are lining their pocketbooks for upcoming elections).
So why bother wasting our precious breath on something we know is a lost cause?
Because I’m a teacher. That’s why.
If I gave up (and believe there are days I’ve wanted to) because a lesson didn’t go well, or I couldn’t reach a student, or a parent gave me grief over something, or an administrator calls me on the carpet for something, or a politician calls me lazy, or our new president claims I’m withholding knowledge from beautiful children in a system supposedly flushed with cash, what kind of example is that to my students? If I tell them that sometimes we stubble, fall, fail, but they’ve got to brush themselves off, get up, and keep trying, shouldn’t I be doing the same thing?
Politics is exhausting. And yes, these yahoos were voted in, and now think they can do whatever tickles their fancy without regard to their constituents. I think if those that actually voted in these pathetic excuses for representatives had actually taken the time to research them, we’d have a different looking landscape than we do right now. I think if politicians didn’t make things so complicated and ridiculous, more people would be involved and actually vote, but they feel overwhelmed, or it’s a lost cause and what’s the point?
The point is they want that silence. It means they have the upper hand and unlimited power. They need the silence to wreak havoc across our land. They don’t want to have to answer to us peons. What the hell do we know? They want to run things the way they want to (or those funding them) and constituents be damned. They know most people are checked out when it comes to politics, and they are counting on that, and hoping it stays that way.
I can’t live with this. Yeah, I’m sick and tired of politics. It’s a joke. It’s not worth the fight most days. I check out and have to step away from it for my health and sanity. But when crap like this, like when someone who’s never had anything to do with public schools in their ENTIRE LIFE is up for a position with this kind of power, I see red, and I can’t stay silent on the sidelines.
My students deserve better than this.
We all deserve better than this.
So for what little it’s worth, to the aides that are put in charge of manning the Twitter and Facebook feeds of the Oklahoma Senators (because they’re too important to do it themselves), and who will probably be the only ones going to read this (if even they will), please…
Senator Inhofe and Senator Lankford, vote no for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.