Besty DeVos is not popular. There, we said it. But it's not because life is a popularity contest or we just think someone else has better hair--she is doing a poor job as the education secretary. First of all, she has no experience in the education system.
That's it, that's all we need to know.
According to Sharblue Media, DeVos' policies are "broadly hated" and teachers have confessed to feeling "direspected" by her.
But none of that matters, apparently, because DeVos views herself as the "real victim, because all the complaints about how she is running her department have hurt her feelings." She feels so victimized that she "banned media" fom her speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors and has told reporters how she hates being "criticized."
“It’s hurtful to me when I’m criticized for not upholding the rights of students, the civil rights of students. Nothing could be further from the truth,” said DeVos. “I have to turn it back around and say why do I keep getting criticized for that? I mean nothing that I’ve done would suggest otherwise.”
Nothing that she's done? How about "rescinding federal guidelines for accommodating students with disabilities," or weakening Title IX regulations in colleges (urging colleges "to let accused rapists interrogate their victims").
There are...no words.
This is not the first instance of Devos being openly criticized and it will not be the last. Being in the public spotlight is hard, and sometimes means taking a little heat for the mistakes (or blatant disregard for students).
Watchdog group American Oversight even put in a request to view her work records (which they have the right to do under the Freedom of Information Act). They found that DeVos did not come into work most of the time.
"An analysis by American Oversight found that during that period — which stretches from February 8th to July 19th — DeVos only completed a full day of work 67% of the time."
Within that time period mentioned above, DeVos "took 15 days off, 21 half days off, and 11 long weekends — during a time period that included 113 federally mandated work days."
If you can't even show up to work, how do you expect people to respect you for doing your job?