In a poignant speech, a Detroit student recently talked about why she doesn’t think Betsy DeVos should be the new Secretary of Education. Dannah Wilson (whose name was spelled incorrectly in the video, but was later corrected in the comments) stated that 119 parents, organizers, and students (including herself) went from Detroit to Washington, D.C. for the confirmation hearing of DeVos.
Her speech was recorded in a video by the American Federation of Teachers, which was posted on Facebook, and she brought up many good points:
“Running on three hours of sleep, we waited in line. Mrs. DeVos, I waited to listen to you for seven hours. Now it’s time for you to listen to me.”
Wilson then explained to the billionaire philanthropist that as a student, she has been in overcrowded classrooms with old textbooks. Her parents, she mentioned, also currently drive 165 miles a week to give her “a quality education,” describing how her parents’ search for satisfaction as “selective and selfish,” but one that her peers’ “hearts can only hope for.” As of now, it has been viewed more than 6 million times on Facebook.
However, it was her last sentence that really dug at my heartstrings:
“This search for this satisfaction does not start with Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education for the United States of America.”
And she’s right, it starts with all of us, at home, at work, and at school. Watch her message below: