After her embarrassing performance on 60 minutes, Betsy tried to justify herself by tweeting a couple of charts showing National Assessment of Educational Progress scores for fourth-graders in Michigan, charts she says she showed to 60 Minutes but “which of course they didn’t show you.”
The trouble is, Betsy apparently can't read charts. These charts show that Michigan students' scores went down when her ideas were implemented.
The charts show that Michigan’s schools used to be about average in both reading and math. But more recently, after DeVos’s allies took over state government, national scores on both the reading and math tests started to stagnate while Michigan’s scores fell.
This is, of course, exactly what Stahl was saying — the ideas DeVos propounds do not have a track record of success in her home state, which is a problem for people who want to take the idea nationwide.
I very much miss having a poetry forum. I'd start a poetry corner here if I thought Rob wouldn't smack me and thought people would enjoy it. And I wouldn't want to be the only one posting in it -- that would feel terribly self-indulgent and weird.
Once upon a time, I would have agreed with the sentiments expressed in the op-ed. Now? Not so much.
I'd love for the US to take the lead and seriously try to accomplish something in Myanmar. But the US hasn't accomplished jack in North Korea, over the course of decades, as generation after generation suffers. It hasn't accomplished jack in Venezuela, where there is also a humanitarian crisis. Somolia is still a mess, as well, as are many other places.
I think one thing that makes the Myanmar crisis seem more tragic is that--unlike NK or Venezuela or Somalia---Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was supposed to be someone more aligned with the US (and the west in general), given US and European support for her during the days of the military junta. She was supposed to be someone we could work with, based on shared values. And now, it doesn't seem like that's the case or going to be the case in the future, either.
That said, there are things that can be done to help, regardless of Suu Kyi not being a willing partner. For one thing, we can do more to support Bangladesh, given that so many Rohingya have fled there, and given that Bangladesh is an overpopulated country w/ limited resources.