Betsy DeVos Encourages College Conservatives to be Outspoken on Campus

Published February 28, 2017

Following her own bout of harassment from the left for her views, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) stage last week to encourage conservative college kids to speak up. reports:

After her brief opening remarks, DeVos was interviewed by CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany. While much of the focus of the interview was on school choice and DeVos’ recent letter regarding Obama-era guidance on school bathrooms, McEnany briefly touched on the issue of academic freedom, asking DeVos what advice she would give to conservative students who feel “bullied” after sharing their views.

“I think my first advice would be don’t shut up. Keep talking. Keep making your arguments,” DeVos said, to applause. “You can do so respectfully and with civility, but I think you need to do so with confidence.

“We need to have opposing viewpoints and differing ideas in an academic environment and any environment where ideas are necessary to be exchanged,” she added, again encouraging students to bring their ideas to the table.

CPAC is a good place to bring conservative ideas to the table, and let’s hope DeVos doesn’t “shut up” anytime soon when it comes to speaking up about expanding school choice in the states.



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