The famous apple never falls far from that well-known tree, even if the apple falls in Michigan or Washington while the tree was planted in far away Holland.

Yesterday Betsy DeVos was appointed as Minister of Education of the United States of America. She is an uptight and stiff convinced branch on the Reformed Church tree, so sure of everyone’s always already given qualities.

Whether you’re a loser or a millionaire (like DeVos herself). After all, it is God’s will, who saw to it already an eternity ago. Predestination, in short.

Therefore: do not give an extra push in life to children with a start in life worse than Betsy’s. God indeed wanted it thus. Black and poor – too bad, but you must just have had the good luck to be born white and rich in God’s name and in God’s Own Country.

Now and then, of course, God has predestined a black kid to be clever. God is not a racist, what! So the couple of clever ones among American ‘coloured people’ can use their Betsy-voucher to go to a private school. All those other losers may continue to spend their predestined youth in their predestined public schools. These public schools will of course have to spend less money – as predestined by Betsy DeVos.

And let this woman be appointed now with just her toes over the dirty Senate’s ditch, thanks to the extravagant vote of Vice President Mike Pence. That man already thanked his own predestined election as an assistant to Trump to His Amazing Grace.

Pence may be more Catholic than the Pope, in terms of religious interpretation he differs very little from his own elect: Betsy DeVos. During her interrogation by the Senate this rich lass seemed to have not the slightest idea of the USA educational system – well, no point. That the changes in the educational system of Michigan, enforced by Betsy, made her state plunge into the depth of America educational quality – no point.

How these anthroposophists and other species of sophist will be rubbing their hands! Betsy will make way for nonsense courses in nonsense ‘free schools’, that is: schools without interference from the State as a century ago Rudolf Steiner so neatly defined them. Everyone his own type of school.

Sovereignty in Ones’ Own Social Sphere, as the Dutch Calvinist Abraham Kuyper conceived it in the 19th century. I was writing on apples and trees. Betsy DeVos is an apple on the tree of educational segregation planted so long ago – not a Daughter of the Revolution, but a Calvin’s daughter.

No coincidence that educational segregation and racial segregation go together so well.

Sierksma 9.2.17


Author: rjsiersk

contact: Sierksma was born in Friesland, a 'county' in the northern part of the Netherlands with its own language which he does not speak and with an obstinate population to which he both belongs and does not belong. A retired Professor of Social Philosophy and Aesthetics, as a Harkness fellow he taught at Rutgers and Berkeley Universities in the USA, and at GUAmsterdam and TUDelft in the Netherlands. In 1991 he was awarded his PhD from Leiden University on the subject of 'Surveillance and Task: Labour Discipline between Utilitarianism and Pragmatism'. His books include Minima Memoria (1993), Lost View (2002 with Jan van Geest), and Litter Scent (2013). He has published poems and articles in Te Elfder Ure, Nynade, Oasis and the Architectural Annual. Half the year he lives in Haarlem, the other half he spends in la France Profonde, living ‘in his own words’ as the house out there was bought with the winnings from his essay Eternal Sin, written for the ECI Essay Prize (1993). In this blog, Sierksma's Sequences, written in English, he is peeping round his own and other people’s perspectives. Not easily satisfied with answers nor with questions, he turns his wry wit to a number of philosophical and historical issues. His aim in writing: to make parts of the world light up in his perspective - not my will, thine! Not being a thief, he has no cook, one wife, some children, one lover and three cats.

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