US Teachers fire back at DeVos for using stock photo in claim about classrooms' structure
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Teachers have hit back at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after she used stock photos to make a claim about how classrooms in public schools are currently structured.
DeVos tweeted an image of an older classroom next to what appears to be a stock photo of a current classroom, with the caption, "Does this look familiar?"
"Students lined up in rows. A teacher in front of a blackboard. Sit down; don't talk; eyes up front. Wait for the bell. Walk to the next class," she tweeted. "Everything about our lives has moved beyond the industrial era. But American education largely hasn't."
Does this look familiar? Students lined up in rows. A teacher in front of a blackboard. Sit down; don't talk; eyes up front. Wait for the bell. Walk to the next class. Everything about our lives has moved beyond the industrial era. But American education largely hasn't.
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Anyone who has bothered to suggest even the most straightforward and commonsensical of additional gun control measures has found himself browbeaten by well-catechized right-wing obfuscators. If you use the phrase "assault rifle," they pretend that this is a journalistic neologism rather than a precisely defined term. If you point out that it is far easier to prevent someone from getting a driver's license in this country than to deny him access to semi-automatic weapons, they pretend that in the modern United States being able to play dress-up with Rambo gear is a more fundamental "right" than being able to drive a car.- Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED)
But teachers quickly fired back at DeVos, sharing photos of their own students to show that their classrooms weren't structured in the way she claimed they were.
"Don't you know that stock photos aren't real? How many classrooms have you visited in the past year? Classrooms don't look like that anymore. Students don't work like that anymore," one teacher tweeted at DeVos.
"Rows and lectures are NOT the norm in public school," another user replied to the secretary.
The U.S.'s two major teachers unions have repeatedly slammed DeVos since her confirmation.
The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association were among groups thatto deliver report cards with "failing" grades to DeVos last month to mark her first year as secretary, but were blocked from entering the building.
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A Georgia high school teacher who fired a gun in a classroom Wednesday previously told police he hired two friends to kill someone on his behalf, a report said. Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, allegedly fired at least one shot inside a Dalton High School classroom, then barricaded himself inside until he surrendered to police. Davidson, a social studies teacher, is known as the “radio voice” during the school’s football and basketball games because of his play-by-lay announcements, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
No. It doesn't look familiar. THIS is what public school looks like.- LPG (@puckettgarcia)
Don't you know that stock photos aren't real? How many classrooms have you visited in the past year? Classrooms don't look like that anymore. Students don't work like that anymore. I would think that as Sec of Edu you would be celebrating us, not putting us down.- Teresa Hurtado (@MissHurtad0KISD)
It doesn't look familiar at all. Have YOU even looked in a public school classroom in the last 10 years?- Rae Malenda (@iteachgifted2)
Let's try this. Here's a classroom in 2018- Amanda Edwards (@pirateteacher82)
Nope, this doesn't look familiar to me at all. And I spend every day in a public school.
You're welcome to visit anytime.
West Virginia public schools to remain closed Friday despite tentative deal
Schools in West Virginia's 55 counties are set to remain closed on Friday with teachers continuing a strike, pushing it into its seventh day. ABC News affiliate WCHS reported Thursday that teachers would remain on strike after the state's Senate declined to take up legislation to raise pay for school and state employees.Gov. Jim Justice (R) and teachers' union leaders had reached a deal to raise pay for teachers and other state employees while appointing a task force to deal with issues related to the Public Employees' Insurance Agency (PEIA).- Jenny Garwood (@luckeyfrog)
Come visit our school and classroom! We spend 75% of our day in small-groups, independent reading, researching our interests, learning about the world, and engaged in play. We love learning in hands-on ways and would welcome you any day!- Ms. Wintuska (@MsWsClassroom)
Actually, your stock photos looks unfamiliar. In my classroom, and many others (that you probably don't know about) students are the agents of their own learning and often are the ones up in front of the class teaching and learning with each other.- Alex Brown (@AlexBrown15)
DeVos gets cold shoulder from White House after interviews .
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got a less than ringing endorsement from the White House on Monday after a pair of uncomfortable television interviews raised questions about her commitment to help underperforming schools and support for President Donald Trump's proposal to curb school violence. Less than a day after DeVos was appointed to chair a federal commission on school safety, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed DeVos' role in the process.
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