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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Education 101. Dear Betsy.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Education 101. Dear Betsy.

Good Morning, Mrs. DeVos,

In an effort to assist you in your new position as Secretary of Education I feel compelled to provide some educational vocabulary words. Let’s start with this one.

Your word for today is pedagogy. It is a noun that means the function or work of a teacher; the art or science of teaching, education and instructional methods. This word and the ability to promote sound pedagogy is taught in beginning undergraduate education classes.

Have you thought about taking an education class? Perhaps a MOOC? Google it.

The educational institution’s word for the day is: voucher. It is a noun that means “school of choice;” It also means economic, cultural, racial, religious and social segregation.

I do have a question regarding your buy out of the position and the resulting tie breaker. Regarding higher education, you were asked if you were familiar with Pell Grants. Your response was “I have several friends who attended school on Pell Grants.” Really? You actually know people with low incomes? Lady, I did not qualify for Pell Grants and I was really poor and being white was probably not an asset.

Please start a set of flash cards with education terms and jargon. Perhaps this will reduced that deer in the headlights look you have. To review, your word for today was pedagogy.

Your educational vocabulary words for tomorrow are: assessment and accountability.


Delia R. Duffey, Ed.D

PS – Betsy, those letters after my name mean Doctor of Education. I actually wrote a big book report about pedagogy and methodology for teaching. Let me know if you would like to read it. It is available from the Texas A&M Library. I would like to read your big book report. Oh that’s right, you did not write one.

Buddy Glasses


The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education


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Thursday, February 9, 2017 – My Tardy Excuse

Thursday, February 9, 2017 – My Tardy Excuse

Dear Mrs. DeVos, (Do you have a title other than Mrs.? Something like Dr.?)

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Please excuse me for being tardy in my response to your tie breaking Senate confirmation vote naming you as Secretary of Education. I was nauseated and unable to respond.

My concerns over your appointment range from grizzly bears in Wyoming to “wanting to spread God’s kingdom in public schools.” Whose God are we talking about here?

Spreading God’s kingdom is for the socially defined institutions known as FAMILY and RELIGOUS. It is the responsibility of those institutions to deliver spiritual education. It does not work like AmWay.

There is a separate, different and unique social institution that deals exclusively with EDUCATION. That is why it is called the Educational Institution.

Individuals who attended an educational institution somehow feel this qualifies them to run, administer, create and impose their belief structure and value system on schools – including colleges and universities. Why is this?

I do wish you well because now seems to be the perfect time because my friend, Dr. Policy Wonk and myself, Dr. Educational Planning and Research would like to open our own charter school. We have named it after you – The Betsy DeVos Charter School, Car Wash, Beauty Salon and Bait Store.

One last note to try to help. You do know public school teachers purchase their own supplies and materials? Here is a sharp # 2 pencil. Don’t make me tell you where I think you should put it.



Proud Graduate of a Public School; Proud graduate of three state funded universities and proud teacher in public schools.