Betsy DeVos – Now where do I find the pencils?

Or, both?

One of Betsy DeVos’s first tweets on her first day as Secretary of Education was this gem:

Now, this tweet is either:

(1) An incredibly out-of-touch joke, or
(2) A calculated jab at public education

I think it is likely both.

It is well known that many public school teachers find themselves constantly having to fund supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets. Such a ‘joke’ isn’t funny in that context, when delivered by someone outside that context.

It is the sort of pathetic characture of a teacher that you’d find on a cookie-cutter sitcom written by people unfamiliar with education. Or the sort of ‘joke’ an out-of-touch boss would make to their employees, either having never experienced the situations they are going through, or too far removed from those situations to truly empathize anymore.

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