Category Archives: Letters

Rotten Reviews: The Awakening

“That this book is strong and that Miss Chopin has a keen knowledge of certain phases of the feminine will not be denied. But it was not necessary for a writer of so great refinement and poetic grace to enter the overworked field of sex fiction.”

Chicago Times-Herald

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

Nearly 3,000 Calvin College Students and Alumni Oppose DeVos

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin College is a highly rated, Protestant denominational college that counts among its alumni Betsy DeVos, the current nominee to the post of Secretary of Education. Her alumni status of that institution makes the fact that almost 3,000 students and alumni of Calvin have signed a letter (twenty-two of the twenty-three pages of the letter are a list of the signatories to it) opposing her appointment particularly remarkable. This callow heiress would be a disaster for public education in the United States.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Mercedes Schneider reposts a press release announcing that more than 2,750 students and alumni of Calvin College–Betsy DeVos’s alma mater–have signed a letter opposing her nomination as Secretary of Education.

The letter gives the reasons and lists the names.

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Over 200 Civil Rights Groups Oppose Betsy DeVos to Lead U.S. Secretary of Education

Need anybody say more about this grossly underqualified and inappropriate nominee? Mark’s Text Terminal vehemently opposes this dangerous ideologue’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Education.

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights issued a strong statement in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. While the so-called “reformers” like to claim that they are fighting for minority kids and civil rights, the actual civil rights organizations know that DeVos and Trump want to weaken and destroy public schools, which are open to all students. They also are aware that the origins of school choice were in the racial segregation movement of the 1950s, when the most racist governors and senators in the South rallied around the idea of school choice to protect the status quo.

The Leadership Conference issued this statement:

Dear Senator,

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, we are writing…

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