Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stumbled her way through a tense portion of her interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night, struggling to answer some basic questions about schools in her home state of Michigan and admitting that she does not “intentionally” visit underperforming schools.
“60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl asked DeVos if in Michigan, students who can’t afford to leave public schools are thriving, as the secretary cites. “Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?” Stahl asked.
“I don’t know. Overall, I — I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better,” DeVos said, noting that “there are certainly lots of pockets where the students are doing well.” Stahl suggested she should visit those schools to understand what they’re doing. DeVos responded, “Maybe I should.”
MAGA people are rushing to defend Betsy DeVos, who was ambushed by unfair gotcha questions like “Have you ever been in a cafeteria” and “What do you think schools do”
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 12, 2018
Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos struggles to answer fairly basic questions on school performance on 60 Minutes pic.twitter.com/lFVq3USwUW
— Axios (@axios) March 12, 2018
Betsy DeVos can’t answer questions about improving the educational system because her goal is to raze it to the ground. She’s a saboteur. https://t.co/V9Ebu3xe4M
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 12, 2018
To bring tonight full circle: Trump has largely punted changes to gun laws to a commission, which will be chaired by Betsy DeVos (arguably the most polarizing Cabinet secretary), who struggled mightily to answer Lesley Stahl’s questions on education policy.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) March 12, 2018
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos contradicts herself and struggles to answer basic questions about the nation’s schools during this 60 Minutes interview — to the point where Lesley Stahl is giving her advice on how to do her job. pic.twitter.com/gTV91W8p3z
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) March 12, 2018
This is disgraceful. DeVos doesn’t have a clue and she is making decisions that change the life chances of millions of schoolchildren across America. https://t.co/z8XE5S7lAy
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 12, 2018
I thought that Betsy DeVos interview was an episode of Drunk History but turns out she’s the Secretary of Education
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) March 12, 2018
Stop what you’re doing & watch this astonishing level of ignorance from a cabinet secretary. As a Mom with four kids, I don’t want DeVos any place near their education. Or anyone else’s kids’ education for that matter. https://t.co/XFH8sxRxks
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) March 12, 2018
So the Trump “plan” for gun violence is to train teachers to use guns — and put Betsy DeVos, of all people, in charge of a School Safety Commission?! Aaaargh.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 12, 2018
“Are you…suggesting that the number of false accusations are as high as the number of actual rapes or assaults?” Lesley Stahl asks Secretary DeVos about her controversial changes to Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/enegEWhKBy
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 11, 2018
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) March 12, 2018