Betsy DeVos: Changing the Way That We View Education

What do you remember most about your time in the public-school system? Do you remember the way that brand-new textbooks smelled or the terrible school lunches? No doubt, you have a lot of positive memories about your time at school, but Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to talk to you about some of the unpleasant memories that you have about that experience. She tells Philanthropy Roundtable that what she is talking about are the times that you felt confused or lost when it came to your source material. Maybe there were times where you felt as though the entire class was moving on without you and that you would never be able to catch up with them. Sadly, this is a common theme throughout most schools within the United States. Students feel left behind or that they cannot speak up to ask for help. They are crammed into large classrooms that make them anonymous to their teachers, meaning when they do have a question it is more difficult to go back and cover that material. Teachers, too, are put in a spot where they must follow a lesson plan to cover all of the material necessary for standardized testing. If this material is not completed, the school might receive poor marks from their students when it comes to testing time and that will downgrade their overall scores. The significant amount of stress is common throughout much of the public-school system, and students are not immune to it.


This and all the issues associated with it are some of the biggest problems that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has a with the public-school system. Her detractors cried that she is trying to kill the system, but she explains that in a lot of ways it is already dead. All over the world, schools and other countries continue to outperform American schools. The United States’ public-school system is starting to become a running joke all over the world. She wants to create something that the entire nation can be proud of, not destroy the individual’s ability to obtain a quality education. The problem comes when people are unwilling to accept that change is necessary and take the steps required to implement it. Betsy DeVos explains in her interview with the online media outlet that she is willing to take those necessary steps.


Betsy DeVos began her career many years ago when her own children were very young. She saw students, even in a private setting, struggling to keep up with the material they were expected to learn. She also saw students that were working hard to maintain the opportunity to stay in a private setting or their parents were giving up everything to do so. She wanted to ensure that these parents were not wasting their time sending their children to a private institution by calling for an overhaul of all education systems. Additionally, she has been an outspoken advocate for the use of scholarship programs to supply these opportunities to individuals of lower socioeconomic status. It is her hope to change the way that education has been viewed.


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