One of the most controversial members of Donald Trump’s Cabinet is Betsy DeVos, the education secretary that has no experience in education, bought her occupation with political donations, and is fanatically dedicated to gutting civil rights and public schooling.
Her policies are broadly hated, and surveys show a number of teachers feel disrespected by her.
To hear it from DeVos, nevertheless, she is the real victim, because all the complaints about how she’s running her department have hurt her feelings.
While DeVos has largely stayed away from the press lately — she banned the press from her latest speeches to the U.S. Conference of Mayors — based on Politico, DeVos complained about how the public has criticized her at a meeting with reporters.
“It’s hurtful to me when I’m criticized for not upholding the rights of students, the civil rights of students. Nothing could be further from the truth,” said DeVos. “I have to turn it back around and say why do I keep getting criticized for that? I mean nothing that I’ve done would suggest otherwise.”
DeVos is absolutely correct. Nothing she’s done would suggest she opposes the civil rights of students.
Except for rescinding federal guidelines for accommodating students with disabilities. And weakening Title IX regulations so that colleges are urged to let accused rapists interrogate their victims. And refusing to provide financial relief to students scammed by predatory for-profit colleges. And declining to even meet with those students, even as she met with a “men’s rights” group that defends campus rape.
One might argue that those students on the short end of these decisions would have far greater cause to feel “hurt” than would the secretary of education in the face of honest criticism of how she is running her department.
This isn’t the first indication DeVos is unhappy in her job. A Freedom of Information Act request by watchdog group American Oversight reveals that she does not even come into work much of the time.
Not only does DeVos have no respect for those laws her department upholds, she views input from the public as a personal insult. If she’s so miserable, she should think about a different line of work.