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What Students Think About the Betsy DeVos Confirmation

As the daughter of two teachers, I grew up hearing about the Secretary of Education’s addresses and policies. The Betsy DeVos confirmation hearings blared over our dinner table every night until completion. I think it’s safe to say I was raised to be partial on this matter.

So rather than giving my own, biased, student opinion, I turned to my friends. The response? Largely negative. One friend, a passionate senior who asked to remain anonymous, immediately became visibly agitated. “She’s just not good, she’s just unqualified,” she said, referring as I found out later to the fact that DeVos had only worked with a small contingency of private schools before becoming Secretary of Education. “Besides, she really only got that role because she paid for a lot of Trump’s campaign.”
While said senior is admittedly more invested in the government than the average high school student, the remainder of my friends seemed to parrot her beliefs. Two of them became visibly uncomfortable when the subject was broached, and one went so far as to walk away from the conversation entirely. I could only find one friend willing to say “I mean, I guess she deserves a chance, at least, right?”

I am well aware that this impromptu survey is not without bias—I go to a charter school in the true-blue state of California, although the school itself is not without a crimson hue. But the proportions are telling: if Trump can win a school wide mock election in a landslide and Betsy DeVos can’t even gain the full support of one person out of over forty, her popularity among students is far from substantial. But I digress; it appears that based on the results of one small survey, most students disagree with Betsy DeVos being appointed Secretary of State due to her lack of qualifications.