by Kwin Mosby
February 13, 2017
From the get-go, we’ve been a little suspicious of Betsy DeVos taking the helm of the Department of Education because her lack of experience as an educator. And now, less than a week in office, DeVos apparently needs to shut down whoever sent out a tweet quoting W.E.B. Du Bois, but misspelling his name.
We believe a Black History lesson is in order. In fact, we think it should be mandatory that all DOE employees watch the encore broadcast of the 48th NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, starting at 8a/7c for “extra black cred-it.”
Education must not simply teach work – it must teach life. – W.E.B. DeBois pic.twitter.com/Re4cWkPSFA
— US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017
The Department of Education’s tweet set off the NAACP, which clapped back using a different quote from Du Bois, a co-founder of the organization.
“In the Days of Loose & Careless Logic, We Must Teach Thinkers to THINK.” – William Edward Burghardt DU Bois ?? https://t.co/3m03Vnt5C1
— NAACP (@NAACP) February 12, 2017
Even though the Department of Education tweeted an apology, people still unleashed their frustration on Education Secretary DeVos via social media… as one does nowadays.
Betsy DeVos please get the spelling right! This great man’s name is W.E.B. Du Bois… not “DeBois.” Of course, if you were truly an educator – and had you taken any African American history courses – you would probably know this. How can we truly trust you with our children – our future? We just can’t! #betsydevosisnotqualified #shecantspell #shedoesntknowhistory #webdubois
Yep, we’re with you @excel8!
TELL US: What do you think about this recent W.E.B. Du Bois snafu?