We’re wondering if Betsy DeVos is actually listening to any of the many, many kids across the U.S. who are worried about the future of their schools.
We’re listening. And we’re moved by what kids have to say.
This week, CNN commentator and journalist Sally Kohn posted a photo on Instagram of a impassioned message that her daughter, Willa, 8, wrote to DeVos:
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Our friend @dianakane had a party this evening for a new art show in her store of pictures from the @womenmarch. And she had a postcard station too. Willa wanted to send a postcard to "the woman in charge of education." So she did. Here's what she wrote. FYI I don't like the "daughter of Sally Kohn" part but am so into the rest of it. I ❤ my kid! And we ❤ our public school!
The backstory: The second-grader had visited a store with an exhibition of photos from the Women’s March. Willa spotted postcard versions of the photos, which customers were encouraged to use to pen messages to various political leaders. And Willa decided it was time to act.
Willa knew exactly whom she wanted to contact: “The woman in charge of education.” Well played, Miss Willa.
We’d like to see Willa be in charge of education someday, because this young lady just gets it. Not to mention her communication skills are second to none. She implored DeVos to “leave [our] public schools alone” and “not tear it down ever.” The second-grader expressed her great love of her school and education in general: “I love schools and I love everything about it,” she wrote to DeVos.
Plus: Check the fur coat. Willa has serious swag to go with her beliefs. We’re thinking we’ll be hearing more from her in the future — whether DeVos is listening or not.