Ann Romney

Hardknock Life

They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income… Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time.

– Ann Romney, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, 1994, discussing their hardknock years of having to sell stock so they could live without a job

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Betsy DeVos

HBCUs are Choice!

Rather than focus solely on funding, we must be willing to make the tangible, structural reforms that will allow students to reach their full potential.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have done this since their founding. They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education. They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution.

HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice.

– Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, rounding out Black History Month, 2017, by pretending HBCUs exist for any other reason than the style of Jim Crow education she’s trying to reproduce

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Party Platform

We Oppose Critical Thinking

We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

– Republican Party of Texas Platform, 2012

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Betsy DeVos

To Buy the End of Education

I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect some things in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment… Furthermore, we expect the Republican party to use the money to promote these policies, and yes, to win elections.

– Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, 1997

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