Betsy DeVos: Taking a Hard Look at Education

There are some people who are unfamiliar with the work of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Betsy DeVos started her career out like most people in her local government. She had met parents through the regional school system that had a problem with the way that the public school system was being run. They expressed anger over the situation but mostly they were interested in getting their children out. It felt as though their children are being undereducated and they were willing to sacrifice anything to make it better for them in the future. Betsy DeVos saw these parents and their willingness to suffer for their children and she wanted to do something to help them. This is when she first entered into the field of government with the express intent of bettering the education system.


After deciding to enter into the education system Betsy DeVos needed to find where she would best fit. She began joining committees and lobbying for a seat on the Michigan Board of Education. Her work was not in vain and she eventually received an appointment to the Michigan Board of Education. One of her first acts in this role was to advocate for the implementation of scholarship programs and a tax program that would help parents enroll their children into these alternative schools. She explained why “school choice” was going to be such an important measure in the future. These parents had already made her argument for her when they decided to take their children out of the public sector. They had seen the slow decline within those school systems they did not want to leave their children there to underperform.


For Betsy DeVos, she wanted other parents to have that sense of power and breed a genuine entitlement to a better education into a whole other generation. The problem continues to be that many people want to prop up the public school system instead of challenging it to be better. Many parents are operating under the assumption that if it was good enough for them to attend then it would be good enough for their own children. Unfortunately, this hands-off approach towards education leaves children in a situation where they are chronically underperforming. This has begun to affect the overall education level of children throughout the United States. Betsy DeVos is stressing that parents should take a good look at how their children are being educated. It is one thing to be nostalgic for your childhood, but it is entirely another to hamper your own children’s achievement abilities because you are afraid to acknowledge that a system is beyond repair and needs more than a fresh coat of paint to be a better option for the future.


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