Betsy DeVos is the new Secretary of Education under Donald Trump and was recently approved by Congress in that capacity. Her background is one of the advocacy of school choice, school vouchers, and lots of support for students and parents to look outside of our traditional educational system for new answers to old problems.
DeVos has support from many parents who are certainly frustrated by some of the inadequacies of our public educational system, but she has received severe criticism for her past and her plans. Much of this criticism comes from opposing political opponents who tend to shave the facts, bending the rhetoric back towards assumed political solutions. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
Historically, DeVos has a long past of supporting Republican causes, as she held the top post for the Republican Party in Michigan from 1996 to 2000. DeVos is married to Dick DeVoss, former CEO of Amway, the direct sales company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her involvement in educational issues is legendary as she has long advocated the school choice model for students and parents.
Since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the Federal Government has just thrown money at problems such as education, but the results have been far from helpful, as our inner cities are no better off than the situation was at the outset. It is high time that we explore different solutions, other than the failed procedures that have left our inner city schools bereft.
DeVos continues to emphasize those learning choices and educational opportunities need to revolve around the students and not the geographic address where students live. We have so many opportunities available that are not being used; it is criminal to hold to the past and not try new avenues of approach, according to DeVos.
When you think about the technological advances that have been made in recent years, such as Uber, Apple, driverless cars, etc., we certainly can incorporate better methods of getting an education to students in some of our inner-city and rural areas in a more efficient manner. Most students of all agents know how to operate a smartphone or a tablet, and it would not be difficult to supply students with devices that would be mobile and available for educational purposes.
Betsy Devos also knows that the culture of education needs to change as well, and programs that include parents, students and educators need to be made available and implemented. Yes, it is a massive undertaking, but certainly, something needs to be done. There is lots of interest among many educators and community leaders, but there is also great opposition among teachers and educators who fear that they will lose their positions if massive changes are made.
In reality, nothing ever happens that fast, but a new direction would certainly be a breath of fresh air and stands to include students who are currently being squeezed out in a better system that could be more inclusive. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.