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Zeichner pens Seattle Times op-ed, 'DeVos would be a disaster for public education'

December 08, 2016
UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Ken Zeichner recently wrote an opinion piece for the Seattle Times titled, "Betsy DeVos would be a disaster for public education."

Ken Zeichner
Zeichner's op-ed explains why he thinks President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education would be a mistake. While Zeichner also opposes DeVos's agenda to privatize public schools, the basis of his objection to DeVos lies with the fact that she "never attended public school, never worked in a public school or school system in any capacity, never sent her children to a public school and never earned an academic degree related to education."

"President-elect Trump has a right to appoint someone as Secretary of Education who supports the policies that he wants to enact. However, if he wants someone to lead the department, who supports further privatizing public schools, then he should have picked someone who has even the slightest knowledge of the field of education," Zeichner wrote.

In addition to being a professor emeritus with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Zeichner also is the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a member of the National Academy of Education who has done extensive research on teaching and teacher education.
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