— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 13, 2019
Why does everyone say Warren is oh-so-knowledgeable? She sounds deeply clueless with everything she says.
Honestly, I’m not seeing many benefits to the DOE at all. It’s wasting something like 70 billion every year to produce standardized testing, the Common Core (which I don’t know much about but teachers seem to hate), NCLB, Race to the Top, the notorious “dear colleague” letter, and other ridiculous initiatives. DOE is also being overrun with the imperatives of surveillance capitalism.
I understand what motivated its creation at the dawn of the neoliberal revolution. I even support the thinking behind it. But it’s been 40 years, and no good results are forthcoming. What’s the point? To make sure everyone teaches a decent curriculum? It’s not happening. The system churns out students who are less and less knowledgeable and prepared to exist in the world.
Does anybody know of anything that the DOE is doing that’s good and useful? Forget DeVos, what did it do that was great before her?