Education Secretary Betsy DeVos celebrated Halloween by dressing up as the beloved Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus,” and people on Twitter are not having it.
Ms. Frizzle is the quixotic, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants teacher who taught a generation about outer space, the human immune system, the difference between reptiles and amphibians and so much more. DeVos has been widely criticized for rolling back protections for students not championing the sciences — the big reasons why her Ms. Frizzle fizzled among many lawmakers and millennials who’ve expressed anger over the costume.
“Betsy DeVos how dare you besmirch the good name and honor of Ms. Frizzle!!!” tweeted The Cut’s senior writer Gabriella Paiella.
“Unlike @BetsyDeVos, Ms. Frizzle supported science in the classroom and actually had a background in education,” tweeted Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI).
“Who can forget the magical episode where Ms Frizzle told them all their programs were being shut down?” noted physicist Matt Largo.
See more reactions below.
Betsy DeVos how dare you besmirch the good name and honor of Ms. Frizzle!!! pic.twitter.com/yN57Vb1DnB
— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) October 31, 2017
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) October 31, 2017
This is garbage for many reasons. 1) Ms. Frizzle believes in science https://t.co/zTCTuPzWK6
— Greg Bennett (@GreggyBennett) October 31, 2017
The difference is Ms. Frizzle saw the value in quality public education. https://t.co/28MPS5luG1
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) October 31, 2017
Who can forget the magical episode where Ms Frizzle told them all their programs were being shut down? https://t.co/g03nRLS9F4
— Matt Largo (@strontiumlulaby) October 30, 2017
I guess this Ms Frizzle would get those kids a Charter Bus pic.twitter.com/jYdqukr8fP
— patrick sullivan (@PatchNavillus) October 31, 2017