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It is pretty obvious that DeVos was not talking about public schools like FAMU which was created by the state to promote a flawed "separate but equal" reading of the law. Instead, she is talking about private schools like Bethune-Cookman which were created and nurtured by people who were not happy with the state alternatives provided at the time. It is these types of private schools that she is trying to promote on a high school level.
First you say the subject at hand is the EO and not her comments, then you try to reframe DeVos' comments to concern only private HBCUs (a distinction she does not make as Bethune was simply used as an example), and say that it was "obvious" this is what she meant. She never said that, and no honest person would be able to deduce that from her statements. Almost all of her statements speak to HBCUs in general, and she makes comments on how they've operated since "founding".
Also framing HBCUs as trying to uphold segregation is ridiculous and undermines the importance educated black activist played in advocating for these institutions that could give African Americans the ability to receive an education. HBCUs arose because African Americans were not going to be allowed to integrate into PWIs. The only alternative would be for them to not be educated at all...
We don't require that the Sec of Ed be a teacher or administrator any more than we require the Sec of Agriculture to be a farmer, or the Sec of Defense to be a soldier. I have never understood that argument.
I am not talking about "experience" in an area. And like it or not, DeVos has "experience in an area". She has been involved with the voucher movement for what, twenty years? What she doesn't have is experience as a teacher, adminstrator or other employee of the public educational system. That is what the issue is. Again, if such lack of experience is disqualifying for SecEd, why is it not for other cabinet posts? What is special about SecEd?
Look, I've been part of the problem, too. Both my kids at some point in their K-12 educations, attended private, regular public and charter/magnet programs. I've lived and seen it all, and speak from personal experience that even when embraced by a Democratic city (I'm in a very blue area) De Vos' ideas fail to improve schools, but in fact raise problematic moral issues regarding access to quality public education FOR ALL. Not just the privileged middle/upper middle class.