Are For Profit Schools Any Good? Betsy DeVos Thinks So.

Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has ruffled many feathers in the education community. She is in favor of for-profit schools. Like many business people turned politicians, she thinks her department, education, should be run like a business.

As Slate reported:

“It is often taken as an article of faith among business executives that the profit motive has an almost magical ability to get any job done better and quicker.”

During her hearing, DeVos refused to answer the question about for-profit schools being accountable to the government. The Obama administration passed laws to make these con artists accountable when they do something wrong. I guess DeVos just doesn’t care if for-profit schools hurt students.

Let’s look at one example of such schools. Paramount Academy in Reading, Pennsylvania. It was run by a company called Camelot Education.

There were very strict rules such as no jewelry and no backpacks. The students were not allowed to use the water fountain or the bathroom without permission.

It was reported that the staff was using excessive force on students. One parent, whose daughter came home with bruises, was told “that’s the way we do things” when she complained.

Handing our education over to these greedy businesspeople will do a disservice to children all over the country.

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