Critically Analyzing Betsy DeVos as a Propagandist Undermining Public Education
Amanda Vazquez, SPC 309: Persuasion and Propaganda
Faculty Mentor: Professor Michael Niman, Communication
My work argues that the United States Department of Education secretary Betsy DeVos currently employs a propaganda campaign, creating disinformation to undermine her agency's goals. The U.S. Department of Education’s goals are to ensure equal access to education and promote student achievement and competitiveness on a global scale. DOE is a federal government agency that provides educational support and aid to schools around the country. Their objectives, however, do not coincide with DeVos’s personal educational agenda. While the DOE promotes equality and affordable education to all students, DeVos promotes private school funding at the cost of public schools. In addition, DeVos claims to support at-risk children, yet these families cannot afford private school tuition. The research methods I utilize examine a combination of data analysis and case studies. I identify propaganda techniques and categories of propaganda being used. My work involves an analysis of DeVos’s statements and actions to demonstrate how she is a propagandist. DeVos imposes disinformation, and her actions often conflict with her public statements. As a society, we must open our eyes to the propaganda that is being displayed on mass media platforms. We must understand the true intentions of Betsy DeVos because her decisions are affecting children’s education nationwide.
Arts and Humanities
Vazquez, Amanda, "Critically Analyzing Betsy DeVos as a Propagandist Undermining Public Education" (2020). Communication and Humanities. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.