Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Cry of Disgust over the appointment of Betsy DeVos - Badass Teachers Association

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A  Cry of Disgust over the appointment of Betsy DeVos

By:  Sandra Parker 

Hello everyone! My name is Sandra Parker. I am a public school teacher. I am highly educated in my field holding five degrees from the University of Michigan; all education degrees. I am writing this open letter of thanks to the president elect to show my appreciation for appointing me as the overseer of all medical institutions in this country! I believe this nomination is partly due to the fact that I donated $245,000 to his campaign fund, but hey, that is how the American political scene plays!

I have always been fascinated by the medical field. Hospitals and health care have interested me very much since I was a young girl. I care deeply about our national health and am thrilled that now I will be put in a position to oversee their daily operations and to make sure that the best medical care is available to all of you. I have been outspoken about my feelings on traditional health care. Never mind that the likes of me (and my family and friends) have never stepped foot inside a public hospital or a traditional doctor’s office.

You see, I believe deeply in alternative medicines to fix what ails you. I firmly believe in holistic medicines, herbal medications and have a personal shaman who I visit whenever an ailment plagues me. But, I want you to know that I am passionate about public health care, mainly public hospitals and physicians who earn degrees from traditional public colleges. I will take good care of the public health system even if I don’t personally honor any of their practices, I will take good care of them (wink, wink). 

I know some of you are concerned about my lack of qualifications to take on such a position…after all, my degrees are all in the education field. Hey, I am asking you to throw caution to the wind once again as you did on November 8th and pick someone who has no qualifications for the job and help me and our president elect “make America great again!”

Of course, the above is a satire. 

Yes, I am referring to Betsy DeVos.

Mrs. DeVos comes from privilege. Her father owned and employed one quarter of Holland Michigan’s residents. She attended parochial schools and then moved on to Calvin College, a product of the Christian Reformed Church. Mrs. DeVos has a degree in Political Science and Business Administration. One degree in a field that is not related to the education field at all. One degree only. She came from money and married into money. Her husband ran for governor in our state and lost. Her own children also attended private schools. Not public. Yet, this woman has said (self-acclaimed) to have a strong passion for public education. She has never worked for a public school, for that matter, she has never worked for or in any school. She does not believe in or supports public education. She believes that public school teachers are overpaid (heck yeah, I laugh all the way to the bank every two weeks and take vacations in my private villa in the coast of Monaco). She is a strong for profit education proponent. She Badass Teachers Association: