Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, used Historically Black Colleges and Universities to sell her failing idea that school choice is the way to solve the public school problems in America. Ms. DeVos is a champion of school vouchers, which allow parents to send their kids to private schools, problem is recent studies have shown actually fair worse than public schools for children transferred into them.
Aside form the fact that the nations head educator is championing a failing idea, and has no experience as an educator on any level, her statement indicating historically black colleges and universities offered choice to African American students is absurd and demonstrates a critical misunderstanding of America pre 1960 and the social journey the country has been on since 1861. HBCU's were not a choice, they were basically the only option. So unless the choice was college vs no college, this statement is just critically flawed.
This episode discusses the education system in America, why voucher systems don't work, and why they are not the answer to fixing the system.