When It Comes To Federal Funding, It’s Good For The Goose Only When Convenient

Adaptistration People 173In the wake of yesterday’s vote to make Betsy DeVos the new Secretary of Education, I only have a short post today. It’s tough to miss the irony of a conservative majority Senate approving a Secretary who is such an inexorable backer of directing public money to private academic institutions (charter schools) when it also espouses the arts and humanities should survive based solely on demand based economics.

The field will certainly push back against planned defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). To that end, keep this point tucked away for your own individual conversations whenever you encounter the “if people want it, they’ll pay for it” argument.

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