US Dept. of Education Is Having a Terrible Day on Twitter

Tweets a typo, apologizes with a typo
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2017 12:32 PM CST
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addresses the department staff at the Department of Education on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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(Newser) – The United States Department of Education is getting graded rather harshly after a Sunday morning tweet—"Education must not simply teach work - it must teach life."—that it attributed to one WEB "DeBois." Slight problem being that the NAACP co-founder it was trying to cite is WEB Du Bois, reports the Washington Post. A typo courtesy of the government agency in charge of educating America's youth naturally caused no shortage of glee, with the NAACP itself tweeting, "'In the Days of Loose & Careless Logic, We Must Teach Thinkers to THINK.' - William Edward Burghardt DU Bois," notes Paste.

Newly minted Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took no small share of heat, and #DeptofEdTypos began trending. Alas, the Education Department's apology appeared only to underscore the error, when @usedgov later tweeted: "Post updated - our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo." After a further virtual avalanche of scorn, that post was corrected. (Read more Department of Education stories.)

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