Betsy Devos Gets Dragged For Failing To Answer Basic Questions About Her Job On '60 Minutes'

CAMBRIDGE, MA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on "A Conversation On Empowering Parents" moderated by Paul Peterson on September 28, 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  DeVos was met by protestors both outside the venue and inside during her remarks.  (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Betsy Devos Gets Dragged For Failing To Answer Basic Questions About Her Job On '60 Minutes'

"I thought that interview was an episode of Drunk History but turns out she’s the Secretary of Education."

Published March 12, 2018

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos must not have learned a thing from her cringe-worthy confirmation hearing because the billionaire had trouble answering basic questions during an interview with 60 Minutes.

While answering questions from Lesley Stahl, DeVos appeared to be incapable of proving that she is qualified for the job. Some of the questions focused on sexual assaults on campuses and whether teachers should be armed. However, one moment surrounding school choice became the most tweeted clip from the interview. 

  1. Once DeVos asked why it's a good idea to cut funding from under-performing public schools

    STAHL: Why take away money from that school that's not working, to bring them up to a level where they are — that school is working?

    DEVOS: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school — school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems.

    STAHL: Okay. But what about the kids who are back at the school that's not working? What about those kids?

    DEVOS: Well, in places where there have been — where there is — a lot of choice that's been introduced. Florida, for example. Studies show that when there's a large number of students that opt to go to a different school or different schools, the traditional public schools actually-- the results get better, as well.

    STAHL: Now, has that happened in Michigan? We're in Michigan. This is your home state.

    DEVOS: Yes, well, there's lots of great options and choices for students here.

    STAHL: Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?

    DEVOS: I don't know. Overall, I — I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.

    STAHL: The whole state is not doing well.

    DEVOS: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where this — the students are doing well and—

    STAHL: No, but your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better, is not working in Michigan, where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.

    DEVOS: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.

    STAHL: The public schools here are doing worse than they did.

    DEVOS: Michigan schools need to do better. There is no doubt about it.

    STAHL: Have you seen the really bad schools? Maybe try to figure out what they're doing?

    DEVOS: I have not — I have not — I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.

    STAHL: Maybe you should.

    DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes.

  2. DeVos inability to provide evidence of her reasoning made many fell she was inept for the job
  3. Others highlighted how Devos' failure to understand her job will be detrimental to students in underprivileged communities
  4. Quickly, the clip from the Devos "60 Minutes" interview became a running joke
  5. DeVos was trolled for doing zero preparation
  6. However, some of us tried to give her the benefit of the doubt
  7. In the end, DeVos became a universal punchline for people on Twitter

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

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