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.

LeBron James Gives the Gift of College Education

LeBron James is partnering with the University of Akron (via the LeBron James Family Foundation) to give the gift of a college education to more than 1,000 children.

Via ESPN:

“I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever been apart of, this is very special to me. As a kid growing up in the inner city and as an African American kid, you don’t really think past high school because it’s not possible or your family can’t support you. For us to be able to do something like this … it means so much.”