Betsy DeVos: The Hard Job of Education Reform

Since she was selected to be Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has gained a lot of interest. In the years leading up to her appointment, she gave an interview to philanthropy Roundtable about one of her biggest supported causes, “school choice”. “School choice” has become a major issue for parents all over the United States. The reason for this is that increasingly more of them have felt as though the process gives them very little power over their children’s daily lives. Instead of being able to check in with their children’s progress and become an active part of the education process, parents are left out in the cold. Institutions have been focusing on following guidelines that were established years ago instead of looking at the individual child.

 

One of the biggest complaints that proponents of the “school choice” movement have is that these schools do not take the time to sit down with the individual child and figure out what is best for them. The standard, or cookie-cutter, the approach has not been successful for most students. There are children that come out of school every single day that do not feel as though they learned anything throughout their time there. When they come home to their parents they are frustrated or shut down by the entire process. For advocates like Betsy DeVos, this is completely unacceptable. They want children to get that empowerment that education is supposed to give them. Children are meant to be the keys to the future. If they are undereducated than the future of the United States is very dim.

 

Betsy DeVos has no trouble talking about the fact that the United States needs to do more with this system. If it continues to deteriorate in the way that it has in recent years then in only a few short generations the system will be dead of its own accord. She wants parents to understand that there are so many different options available to them when it comes to the education of their children. Many of these options do not cost as much as they would assume they do and she is pushing for the creation of more scholarship programs to help these children. As she continues to work in this office, she will advocate for the children for which she has become responsible. There is still a lot of work to do but Betsy DeVos has never shown herself to shy away from a hard job.

 

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