Thursday, March 30, 2017

Betsy's at it again, comparing schools to ride-sharing apps

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 10:56 AM

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Heavens to Betsy.

Billionaire and current Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is once again making outlandish statements that prove she's as qualified to run public education as a tomato.

In a speech made to the Brookings Institute, DeVos said the following:
Let me offer this example from a different part of our daily lives.
How many of you got here today in an Uber, or Lyft, or another ridesharing service? Did you choose that because it was more convenient than hoping a taxi would drive by? Even if you didn’t use a ridesharing service, I’m sure most of you at least have the app on your phone.
Just as the traditional taxi system revolted against ridesharing, so too does the education establishment feel threatened by the rise of school choice. In both cases, the entrenched status quo has resisted models that empower individuals.
Nobody mandates that you take an Uber over a taxi, nor should they. But if you think ridesharing is the best option for you, the government shouldn’t get in your way.
The truth is that in practice, people like having more options. They like being able to choose between Uber Pool, Uber X, Lyft Line, Lyft Plus, and many others. Or when it comes to taking a family trip, many like options such as Airbnb.
So, now we're comparing the education of a child to ride-sharing app. You know, those ride-sharing apps that had to be legally coerced into paying their workers minimum wage, etc.

Anyway, the whole speech was about presenting parents with more choices and more accessibility, which sounds great until you consider that this method of education has never been proved to work.

In fact, it's part of the reason the Detroit Public School system is in complete shambles.

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