DeVos gets schooled after she criticized public school

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Jefferson Academy, a Washington, D.C. public school, fired back at Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, after she criticized its teachers for having a “receive mode” attitude.

In an interview with Townhall, a conservative news site, DeVos said that she believes that public school teachers are “limited by the top-down, one size fits all approaches, either at the school level, the district level, the state level, or in all too many cases, the federal decree.”

She then referenced Jefferson Academy, which she visited on Feb. 10. She stated:

“I visited a school on Friday and met with some wonderful, genuine, sincere teachers who pour their heart and soul into their classrooms and their students and our conversation was not long enough to draw out of them what is limiting them from being even more success from what they are currently. But I can tell the attitude is more of a ‘receive mode.’ They’re waiting to be told what they have to do, and that’s not going to bring success to an individual child. You have to have teachers who are empowered to facilitate great teaching.”

Initially, protesters blocked DeVos from entering Jefferson Academy, but she was eventually able to get inside and visit several classrooms. At the end of her visit, she said her visit was “awesome.”

“It was really wonderful to visit this school, and I look forward to many visits of many great public schools, both in D.C. and around the country,” DeVos stated.

School officials were shocked at DeVos’ comment, so they unleashed a tweetstorm that started out saying that they were able to take DeVos “to school.”

Parents, educators, and local officials defended Jefferson Academy and criticized DeVos.

DeVos responded to Jefferson Academy’s tweets:

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