Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos struggles to answer fairly basic questions on school performance on 60 Minutes pic.twitter.com/lFVq3USwUW— Axios (@axios) March 12, 2018
– In an interview with Lesley Stahl for 60 Minutes, Betsy DeVos fumbled her way through answering questions before the most infamous segment of the night where she revealed how little she knows.
– Betsy's all for "school choice", or privatization, which is why she was regarded as one of Trump's most dangerous cabinet choices. When asked how moving away taxpayer dollars away from public schools to private, parochial, and charter schools is working out, DeVos struggled with a response.
– Stahl challenged DeVos's claim that "we have seen zero results" from federal investment in public schools, and DeVos said that "test scores vis-à-vis the rest of the world have not gone up," even though they have gone up the last 25 years.
– DeVos cited a study that showed the positive impact of "school choice" in Florida, so Stahl asked her about the result of "school choice" in her home state, Michigan, that she abandoned out in the cold like whatever humanity the devil might have once had, and DeVos responded, "there are certainly lots of pockets where ... the students are doing well", unable to cite which pockets those are exactly.
– Stahl argued back: "No, but your argument that if you take funds away, that the schools will get better, is not working in Michigan, where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here. .... The public schools here are doing worse than they did."
– Stahl asked DeVos if she'd "seen the really bad schools" to "figure out what they're doing," and DeVos said, "I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming."
– Stahl: "Maybe you should." DeVos: "Maybe I should."
– DeVos will be appearing on The Today Show Tuesday Morning, and is said to be appointed the same day for a position to deal with gun violence in schools.
Elsewhere on 60 Minutes...
– Also in the interview, when asked if the criticisms she receives hurts, DeVos said, "Sometimes it does. ... I think I'm more misunderstood than anything."
– Trump's lawyers are reportedly trying to stop a Stormy Daniels segment from airing on 60 Minutes March 18th.
– Oprah appeared for a story about trauma care and public schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Betsy DeVos could have lived the rest of her dumb life as an unknown billionaire but apparently she had to seize the opportunity to make children's lives infinitely shittier— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 12, 2018
Trump supporters! I have a super basic question for you. I’m being sincere and I’d like to have a real conversation about this.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 12, 2018
Please watch this video and tell me that you feel confident this woman is going to make education better in this country. https://t.co/8FMESQ9IkK
There was some next level messed up parenting going on in the family that raises a Betsy deVos and an Eric Prince.— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) March 12, 2018
“The best people” https://t.co/lrrEd0RegV— Christopher Gorham (@ChrisGorham) March 12, 2018
Reminder: Every single Democratic Senator (and two Republicans) voted against the confirmation of the dangerously incompetent Betsy DeVos. The lockstep GOP gave her enough support for Mike Pence to put her in. https://t.co/FTIzGqFi1t— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 12, 2018
Leslie Stahl deserves an award for her doggedness and her patience in this interview. I know that was hard, honey. 🧐😳 https://t.co/HOURCV5l90— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) March 12, 2018
Want a quick and easy way to boost your cortisol levels and feel your blood boil? Watch this short video of our Secretary of Education, @BetsyDeVosED, talking about public schools on @60Minutes . https://t.co/Mhd4AVBthV— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) March 12, 2018
CBS plans to air an interview with Stormy Daniels next Sunday, March 18. Lawyers associated with President Donald Trump are considering legal action to stop it.https://t.co/QwdMVivJPF— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 11, 2018
We all have the power to change someone’s life through our relationships. I’m really hoping anybody who works with children or has personally experienced trauma will watch tonight’s @60Minutes. pic.twitter.com/8eE1qRLX1A— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 11, 2018
The secretary of education has been one of the most criticized members of President Trump's Cabinet, but Betsy DeVos says she's "more misunderstood than anything." https://t.co/obzfcpcmNl pic.twitter.com/aribnCFNDG— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 12, 2018
Watching Betsy Devos’s ignorance about the basic tenets of her job as education secretary is a reminder of how america is failing our teachers and kids.— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) March 12, 2018
My latest video column on the subject: https://t.co/edYcPAHZNO
Will Secretary DeVos scrap Obama-era "guidance on how to identify, avoid, and remedy discriminatory discipline"? "We're studying it carefully," the secretary tells 60 Minutes. pic.twitter.com/RiQKyenMQB— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 11, 2018
all the justified outrage over DeVos is a good time to remember her ideology on education is 95% identical to that of corporate dems. That’s why @CoryBooker twice gave a speech at her rightwing front group, American Federation for Children. Most recently way back in....2016.— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) March 12, 2018
Betsy DeVos, the acting secretary of education, held a press conference at Stoneman Douglas High on Wednesday that was cut short after only five questions. Many of the students voiced their disappointment, likening it to a publicity stunt. https://t.co/aQ6ngmAyxf— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) March 7, 2018
DeVos is making the media rounds. On 60 Minutes tonight and will be a guest on The Today Show tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!— Lauren S. Camera (@laurenonthehill) March 12, 2018