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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Two Betsy DeVos stories that show everything wrong with her and education

One involves her 40 million yacht becoming unmoored and the other involves her curtailing debt relief for defrauded students.

From CBS News:

Someone untied a yacht owned by the family of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Ohio last weekend, police say, causing up to $10,000 in damages. The 163-foot yacht is worth a reported $40 million, according to Toledo's The Blade newspaper.

From the New York Times:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed on Wednesday to curtail Obama administration loan forgiveness rules for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, requiring that student borrowers show they have fallen into hopeless financial straits or prove that their colleges knowingly deceived them.
The DeVos proposal, set to go in force a year from now, would replace Obama-era policies that sought to ease access to loan forgiveness for students who were left saddled with debt after two for-profit college chains, Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute, imploded in 2015 and 2016. The schools were found to have misled their students with false advertisements and misleading claims for years.
So the owner of a 40 million dollar yacht proposes screwing the little guy... again! She doesn't care that people were victimized as she gleefully proposes victimizing them again. She has to worry about fining the change in her couch to pay for the damage the yacht did, while these people have to worry about paying rent and putting food on the table as their lives were hijacked by unscrupulous actors. 
That brings me to the problem in education, we have allowed the super rich to dictate education policy and yeah I am looking at Bill Gates too.
These people view education as something for the uncleaned masses where they can experiment and try out their gimmicks and ideas and if people get hurt, well they aren't really people, they are specks seen from the top of a Ferris wheel.  
People like DeVos and Gates don't care and they can't relate, to them poverty and hard times don't exist and at the end of the day we are nothing to them and as long as we allow these ultra wealthy to interfere in education, people are going to get hurt while they sail away on their yachts.
They lack compassion and empathy and we would be better off without them. Now ask me how I really feel.

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