Betsy DeVos Went On '60 Minutes’ To Defend Herself & It Was Cringeworthy AF
Betsy DeVos, the controversial Education Secretary of the Trump administration, went on 60 Minutes to explain her views on public schools in America.
But when grilled by journalist Lesley Stahl, DeVos revealed the perplexing stances she holds when it comes to arming teachers, dealing with sexual assault on campus, and how schools should be funded.
The Education Secretary even struggled to answer basic questions about schools in her home state.
The Twitter backlash after the segment was both amusing and damning. “I thought that Betsy DeVos interview was an episode of Drunk History but turns out she’s the Secretary of Education,” one person tweeted.
Here are the 15 most cringeworthy quotes from DeVos that left many viewers shaking their heads in disbelief.
On Parkland Students Wanting Gun Control
"They want a variety of things."
On Why We Should Arm Teachers (But Not Her Own Teacher)
"I hesitate to think of ... my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff, I couldn't ever imagine her having a gun and being trained in that way."
On School Funding And Voucher Programs
"We have invested billions and billions and billions of dollars from the federal level, and we have seen zero results."
On The Competition
"Test scores vis-à-vis the rest of the world have not gone up. And we have continued to be middle of the pack at best."
On School Choice Policies
"Families that don't have the power, that can't decide: "I'm gonna move from this apartment in downtown whatever to the suburb where I think the school is gonna be better for my child" if they don't have that choice – and they are assigned to that school, they are stuck there. I am fighting for the parents who don't have those choices. We need all parents to have those choices."
On Not Investing In The School System
"We should be funding and investing in students, not in school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems."
On The Status Of Michigan Public Schools
"I don't know, I can't say overall that they have all gotten better."
On Schools In General
"I hesitate to talk about all schools in general, because schools are made up of individual students attending them."
On Not Visiting Underperforming Schools
"I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming."
On The Public's View Of Her
"I think I'm more misunderstood than anything."
On Her Confirmation Hearing
"I've not had a root canal, but I can imagine that a root canal might be more pleasant than that was."
On Federal Regulation
"We've begun looking at and rolling back a lot of the overreach of the federal government in education."
On Bias Against Minority Students
"Arguably, all of these issues or all of this issue comes down to individual kids. ... I am committed to making sure that students have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is conducive to their learning."
On Institutional Racism
"We're studying it carefully. And are committed to making sure students have opportunity to learn in safe and nurturing environments."
On Sexual Assault
"One sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many."
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