Let Us Introduce Ourselves Ms. DeVos

Patrick Kearney wrote: “I suppose we also need to address the elephant in the room. We are a little freaked out by your nomination to be secretary of education. You aren’t an educator. You haven’t ever attended or sent your children to a public school, yet you seem to have some pretty strong opinions about them.”

patrickjkearney

Dear Ms. DeVos,

I don’t think we’ve really met yet, we are America’s public school teachers.  There are about 3.1 million of us.  We teach in large urban areas, we teach in the suburbs, we teach in small rural communities, and we teach in some really remote parts of our country.   The most important thing to recognize is that we teach every kid who shows up.  We don’t pick and choose the types of kids that we will teach, we teach ALL of them.

Because we haven’t really had much interaction, we thought it might be nice to share a little bit about the public schools we teach in.  First of all, we are very proud of our schools.  Public schools today have the highest graduation rate in American history.  The Gallup Poll says that the rate of parents who are satisfied with their public school is the highest in…

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