Blindly adhering to the status quo is not something for which Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is known. Instead, she chooses to use her position as a pillar of strength for the community. She knows that there are people who will listen to what she says and she wants to help people who feel as though they have no voice. Her work in education has sought to change the lives of some the most vulnerable members of the community, children. Children change the way that a society develops. Their level of education will steer the future of their country. Betsy DeVos understands that much of the time that is devoted towards the education process has been lackluster in recent years. She wants students to receive an entirely different level of education. She has pushed for the advocacy of the “school choice” movement among parents who are feeling frustrated with the public school system. These parents do have a choice and Betsy DeVos is going to make sure that they understand the implications of that choice.
Her interview with Philanthropy Roundtable is a great start for anyone who wants to understand why Betsy DeVos is so devoted to the notion of “school choice”. In fact, “school choice” has been the subject of much of Betsy DeVos’s career. She believes that it is a cornerstone of society. When it comes to education parents have choices and many of them fall within the private sector of education. When thinking about the private sector of education this would detail charter schools, private schools, specialized institutions, and virtual schools or homeschooling. All these options allow parents to take an active role in their children’s education.
The first thing that she wants parents to understand is that these institutions are more prevalent than they believe they are. Most communities have a form of alternative education for the students there. She has also put in significant works to advocate for scholarship programs but she wants parents to notice that many of these institutions may offer scholarship programs to students that have proven their desire to attend. Parents should not feel turned away from an institution before they even attempt to enroll their children.
Additionally, Betsy DeVos wants parents to understand that charter schools offer an alternative type of education that is sometimes featured at a public school price. These schools offer an opportunity to enroll their children in a different type of learning environment. Religious academies are also an option for those parents that feel as though their children would benefit from that type of structure in their environment. Regardless of where parents decide to enroll their children, Betsy DeVos wants him to understand that they have the choice to do so. Instead of remaining frustrated with the public school system they should start exploring their options. If the public school system feels challenged in their student-based then they will look into ways to retain those students. Betsy DeVos warns that an overhaul of the system could take years but children are suffering in their education now. “School choice” is available to every parent in every state.
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