Sunday, May 7, 2017

What’s the worst that could happen with Betsy DeVos as education secretary? Two scenarios.

President Trump's education secretary Betsy DeVos has stirred up controversy since the early days of her confirmation hearings. Here's what you need to know about the conservative activist and billionaire donor. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) 

What does the future of education look like of the next 4 years?

Many of us are looking at an uncertain future as educators. Instability in our lives can affect the kids in our classrooms. Uncertainty leads to fear which them affects our lives and our classrooms.

For perspective, here is a post with two scenarios by Aaron Pallas, professor of sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

By Aaron Pallas

I’ve been joking that neurosurgeon Ben Carson‘s — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development — primary qualification is that he grew up in a house. But Betsy DeVos, his choice as education secretary, attended private schools and sent her children to them. So as far as personal interaction with public education, she doesn’t even have that going for her.

So what’s the worst that could happen? This question has two distinct connotations. On the one hand, asking “What’s the worst that could happen?” may be a way of sidestepping catastrophic thinking, a common feature of psychological anxiety in which people systematically and irrationally overstate the likelihood of a negative event.

Psychologists treating individuals with this kind of negative thought distortion will help them to challenge the distortions, and to substitute an alternative, rational thought. In this context, asking “What’s the worst that could happen?” is a way of sensitizing people to the fact that the worst-case scenario hasn’t happened to others they know, and is extremely unlikely to happen to them, too.

Read the whole article from the Washington Post HERE

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