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Meet the DeVos family — super-wealthy right-wingers working with the religious right to destroy public education

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This story originally ran in May, 2011. With Betsy DeVos’ recent appointment as Education Secretary in the Trump Administration, we thought now would be a good time to get reacquainted with one of America’s most stealth — and effective — right-wing oligarchies.



Since the 2010 elections, voucher bills have popped up in legislatures around the nation. From Pennsylvania to Indiana to Florida, state governments across the country have introduced bills that would take money from public schools and use it to send students to private and religious institutions.


Vouchers have always been a staple of the right-wing agenda. Like previous efforts, this most recent push for vouchers is led by a network of conservative think tanks, PACs, Religious Right groups and wealthy conservative donors. But “school choice,” as they euphemistically paint vouchers, is merely a means to an end. Their ultimate goal is the total elimination of our public education system.

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https://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/meet-the-devos-family-super-wealthy-right-wingers-working-with-the-religious-right-to-destroy-public-education/
 

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Meet the DeVos family — super-wealthy right-wingers working with the religious right to destroy public education

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This story originally ran in May, 2011. With Betsy DeVos’ recent appointment as Education Secretary in the Trump Administration, we thought now would be a good time to get reacquainted with one of America’s most stealth — and effective — right-wing oligarchies.



Since the 2010 elections, voucher bills have popped up in legislatures around the nation. From Pennsylvania to Indiana to Florida, state governments across the country have introduced bills that would take money from public schools and use it to send students to private and religious institutions.


Vouchers have always been a staple of the right-wing agenda. Like previous efforts, this most recent push for vouchers is led by a network of conservative think tanks, PACs, Religious Right groups and wealthy conservative donors. But “school choice,” as they euphemistically paint vouchers, is merely a means to an end. Their ultimate goal is the total elimination of our public education system.

Read more

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/meet-the-devos-family-super-wealthy-right-wingers-working-with-the-religious-right-to-destroy-public-education/
'Their ultimate goal is the total elimination of our public education system'? Good, then we would be forced too establish our own!!! I knew all those churches would come in handy for something. Smile
 

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That article read like the Crusades and was very scary.

Bro. sekou, I hear what you're saying about Black people starting their own schools--we've had to do it before--but what/who will establish and control the "accepted" curriculum with DeVos in charge? There's a whole lot about education in America that needs to change. It's being used as a pipeline for indoctrinating our children and the things being taught perpetuate the divide in this country. There are unconcealed and covert messages that exist to entrench and sustain a thought pattern among us that have a negative impact on Black people's self-worth in America. Maybe self-worth isn't the best word, but our sense of belonging, value and being connected to a native land.

From the curriculum, to achievement tests, to comments placed in student records, to daily interactions between teachers and students and even the system used to discipline students -- it's a daily crap shoot for Black families. Your kids might by chance find themselves in a supportive school or they may not.

Michigan is one of the most segregated states in the U.S. It's in the top 5 in the country. The DeVos' practically own the city of Grand Rapids, which is the most Christian-based city in the state, if not the country. They co-own Amway which is a multi-level marketing franchise--basically a pyramid business. This is how he made his money.
 

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That article read like the Crusades and was very scary.

Bro. sekou, I hear what you're saying about Black people starting their own schools--we've had to do it before--but what/who will establish and control the "accepted" curriculum with DeVos in charge? There's a whole lot about education in America that needs to change. It's being used as a pipeline for indoctrinating our children and the things being taught perpetuate the divide in this country. There are unconcealed and covert messages that exist to entrench and sustain a thought pattern among us that have a negative impact on Black people's self-worth in America. Maybe self-worth isn't the best word, but our sense of belonging, value and being connected to a native land.

From the curriculum, to achievement tests, to comments placed in student records, to daily interactions between teachers and students and even the system used to discipline students -- it's a daily crap shoot for Black families. Your kids might by chance find themselves in a supportive school or they may not.

Michigan is one of the most segregated states in the U.S. It's in the top 5 in the country. The DeVos' practically own the city of Grand Rapids, which is the most Christian-based city in the state, if not the country. They co-own Amway which is a multi-level marketing franchise--basically a pyramid business. This is how he made his money.
I know that it is extremely hard for some of us too rap our brains around the concept autonomy! But you must. Look it up in the dictionary. We are talking about establishing autonomous regions in this country wherever we are in the majority. Within these regions Afrikan people will be in control of EVERYTHING!!!! The economics, the politics and politicians, the police forces, and all of the social institutions therein. Especially the schools! We will socialize and educate our children too be what they are, AFRIKANS!!! Donald Trump and the Devos won't have any say so about how we educate our children. We will be sovereign entities wherever we are in the majority in this country.
 

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I appreciate the value of "separation of church and state" in education. I see it's slipping away. Religious indoctrination can be contrary to "education" and in many cases it can even be an oxymoron, imo.
 

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Piney Woods Country Life School--America's largest Black Boarding school sends 97% of students to college

"Roughly one-third of the school's 120 students grew up in Mississippi. The rest come from 20 other states, and a handful are international students from Ethiopia and the Caribbean. Everyone receives tuition assistance or a scholarship to help cover the $23,000 annual cost. In return, students are required to work part time on campus."
 

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Unless the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is rescinded or overturned, schools cannot segregate, legally, based on race. If any school received federal or state dollars and only permitted Black students to attend, it would be found in violation of the law and subject to being shut down. Private or independent schools? Economically, if tuition to attend is high enough to exclude 90% of the poorest among us--that's not illegal but has the same effect as racial segregation because we know that .1% of the wealthiest in America has as much money as 90% of the poorest.

No trained and educated teacher or school administrator should be expected to work for free so where will the financial resources come from to pay salaries/benefits, books and other materials? From Black taxes or gifts and donations? Even using church buildings as classrooms, there are expenses to keep the building functional and where will that money come from? And if the lessons would include anything religious, I'm not in favor of that. That's just another form of indoctrination to me and I don't support it. Do "we" Black people own enough land in this country to establish sovereignty? Land that can not be claimed by the government through imminent domain? We have no sacred land like the Natives do. At least, not that I'm aware of. And even then, what we're learning from DAPL, cops don't care as they desecrate sacred land at Standing Rock.

I'm trying to wrap my brain around this topic but I'm having a difficult time figuring out a better solution over public education for Black families if there aren't some massive changes that happen as a result of a revolution caused by a mass movement.
 

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