Betsy DeVos is married to Richard DeVos, the former head of the Amway Company in Ada, Michigan. She was just recently named by President Donald Trump and confirmed to the post as the Secretary of Education of the United States of America, which is also a Presidential Cabinet position.
Betsy and her husband are very active in philanthropic activities as Betsy herself is in leadership and supportive positions in such organizations as the Alliance for School Choice, the American Federation for Children, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Betsy DeVos has spent a long time championing the cause for the betterment of education for the children of our country which has made good progress along the way. She sees the educational opportunities opening up, especially since she has been named to President Trump’s Cabinet.
She is a firm believer in school choice, whether by vouchers, parental choice, or any other means that will give parents and children a wider array of educational choices than what is available now. She saw our current educational system as stagnated and caught in a web of political disarray.
At present, according to DeVos, there are three choices that parents and students have for their elementary and secondary educational needs. The first is the public school system that has evolved over the past 100 years to a behemoth that is a political system in and of itself. Nevertheless, the majorities of students make it through and go on to further education of job opportunities.
If people live in the suburbs or are well-to-do, their students fare better than do the students who live in the inner cities. That needs to change, and everybody agrees that it won’t happen overnight, but up to this point in time this problem has gotten nothing but lip service.
The second option is Private and Charter Schools. Private and parochial schools have a long history of success and charter schools not so long, and not always so successful. Charter schools take a while to organize and set up, but there are plenty of good examples to point to.
The third option is home schooling, which has had a very robust growth over the last 20 years or so. In fact, grades and scores of the students who are home schooled are far superior to students in public, private or chartered schools.
DeVos also likes to point out that in the technological environment in which we live, limiting students’ learning experiences to where they live is old hat. Homeschoolers and GED students have proven that it is not where you learn, but it is what you learn that counts. This philosophy opens the door to all students, whether they are in the suburbs or the inner city.
Read more about their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.