Trump isn’t as bad as I feared…

He’s worse.
Three weeks into his term as President, he has already shown that he is unfit for the office. Not just through his actions, but his appointments. KellyAnne Conway has been mercilessly and deservedly mocked over her phrase “Alternative Facts”. But it is Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary for Education that is most concerning. And by “concerning”, I mean she will be an absolute disaster in the role, particularly for autistics.
To call DeVos wholly unsuited for the position is an understatement. I would hope that anyone being considered for the role of Secretary of Education would have both extensive qualifications, and significant experience, in the field. She has neither. In fact, her only “qualification” for the position appears to be that she donated large sums of money to Trump’s campaign.
DeVos is not merely incompetent, but anti-competent. She is a firm proponent of charter schools who has argued against strong oversight for them. She also supports a voucher system for schooling. Both of these can potentially harm disabled students by limiting their access to special education.
A school voucher, aka an education voucher, is a certificate of government funding for a student at a school chosen by the student or the student’s parents. The funding is usually for a particular year, term or semester (thank you Wikipedia). Charter Schools are similar in concept to the former Model C Schools in South Africa. They are state-aided but independent, and unlike the Model C schools, can’t charge fees and have to be open to all pupils. Critics say that they underperform compared to traditional schools. They seem to have pretty good evidence to back these criticisms up.
The main argument against school vouchers and education tax credits is that they put public education in competition with private education, threatening to reduce and reallocate public school funding to private schools.
Part of Trump’s campaign was based on “Drain the Swamp”. It now appears as if he drained it just to refill it with his own people.


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I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog
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