The U.S. Department of Education, headed by Betsy DeVos, thought it would be a good idea to tweet a quote from civil rights activist and historian W.E.B. Du Bois. But unfortunately, whoever runs the Twitter account forgot to check up on how to spell Du Bois’ name.
Education must not simply teach work - it must teach life. – W.E.B. DeBois pic.twitter.com/Re4cWkPSFA— US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017
Twitter users immediately began calling out the education department, specifically DeVos, for the spelling error.
@usedgov I am glad my public school teachers taught me how to properly spell the names of noted scholars!!— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) February 12, 2017
@usedgov OMG, it's DuBois. Who is in charge over there?...oh, wait, I get it.— Jennifer Morgan (@ProfJLMorgan) February 12, 2017
One person even took a jab at President Donald Trump, who on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month, implied that Frederick Douglass was alive. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” he said.
.@usedgov First y'all thought Frederick Douglass was alive, now you can't spell Du Bois. This bodes well for an already faltering system.— Mehreen Kasana (@mehreenkasana) February 12, 2017
Twitter users once again got at what they do best and called out DeVos and her department for making one mistake after another. They also came up with the hashtag #deptofedtypos for the purpose.
"I can't not tale a lay."- George Wishingtun #DeptOfEdTypos— Teaching In Ties (@OutOfTeach) February 12, 2017
Eye before e, accept after see. Or when sonded like "aye!" As in nay- burr and way! #DeptOfEdTypos— Zia Aggie (@ziaaggie) February 13, 2017
"I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think."--Sockratees#DeptofEdTypos— Supe (@MinisterSupe) February 12, 2017
The department then corrected the misspelling with another tweet.
Post updated - our deepest apologies for the earlier typo.— US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017
This is not the first time DeVos has gotten blasted on social media after taking her position in the Trump cabinet.
Just a few days ago, the head of the Department of Education took to Twitter to announce that she had completed “Day 1 on the job.” She then decided it would be a good idea to ask where the pencils are. Needless to say, internet users grilled her for the silly question.
Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started. Now where do I find the pencils? :) pic.twitter.com/0vRKF1opE9— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos You worked a whole day but didn't have anything to write with? Maybe you could hold a bake sale to buy some pencils.— (((David Lytle))) (@davitydave) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos At the store. Something you should know: we teachers buy pencils and supplies for our classes with our OWN money.— Robin McCauley Lynch (@RobinMcCauley) February 9, 2017
. @BetsyDeVos If YOU work in education, YOU buy the pencils, the paper, &, sometimes, a kid’s shoes. Spend a week in a school & GET A CLUE.— Crystal (@CMorganNC) February 9, 2017
And one person grilled her good with this tweet.
The bear was included as a reference to the time DeVos suggested that guns should be allowed in schools due to a threat posed by grizzly bears. “I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies,” she said.
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