36: Absolutely worth thinking about. What role does the DoE actually have? What literal control? What observable influences? Then if we decide that the DoE does more harm than good, what do we do about it?
Turning to Trump, why appoint someone who has a record of being against public education? Hm, maybe because he believes the DoE has got to go? Well, how much does this secretary get paid? Why not just go leaderless and let it die due to lack of management chaos? :) That's half a joke. But really, if you want to improve public schools, appointing someone who doesn't believe in them is not really the way to do it. Of course, if your goal is to privatize it all (the goal, some say, of the draconian measures of "takeover" laid out in NCLB back when), well, there's your choice...
Note: Education is NOT a business. Students are NOT widgets. Quality control is NOT all about numbers (standardized test scores).
Oh, and the population of education critics is FILLED with ignorant folks who know nothing about how the system is set up, about who controls what, about where money goes, about what populations we actually serve... Need I go on? (Example: Every time I'm in a discussion with a critic of the Common Core, I ask if they've read the standards. Nope, they've watched videos of other critics. Oh, boy, that surely provides the knowledge necessary for informed critique.)