I call your attention to Heather Hastie’s new post, “Has the US education system been set-up to fail?” It paints a dire picture of what’s happening in U.S. schools, discusses Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos (probably a creationist) as his education secretary, and explains why DeVos’s and Trump’s emphasis on “school choice” as a solution to the problem is wrong. The post is thoughtful, full of data, and well worth reading.
By the way, Trump apparently offered DeVos’s post first to Jerry Falwell, Jr., the out-and-out creationist president of the Christian school Liberty University. Falwell, however, turned down the offer as he couldn’t afford the 4-year commitment to a cabinet post in light of his university duties. Despite that, HuffPo (I’m still obsessed) still has this headline on its front page (click to go to the article):
As you see, when you click on the HuffPo headline, it goes to an Associated Press report that says this:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down for personal reasons.
Falwell tells The Associated Press that Trump offered him the job last week during a meeting in New York. He says Trump wanted a four- to six-year commitment, but that he couldn’t leave Liberty for more than two years.
. . . Trump announced Wednesday he had selected charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for the job. Falwell says he thinks DeVos is an “excellent choice.”
It would behoove HuffPo to have an accurate headline; this one is duplicitous and is another attempt to go after Trump. Granted, Falwell would have been an abysmal choice—I despair of having a Secretary of Education who doesn’t accept evolution— and DeVos may well share that view, but the headline is misleading.
But no matter what happens, make no mistake: science education, and perhaps science funding, is likely to take a serious hit under a Trump administration.