Betsy DeVos: From Michigan Difference Maker to Washington Elite

By now we all know that the political world is in complete upheaval. Some call the political change in the United States an evolution while others are hesitant to endorse it quite so much. The primary reason that politics is no longer ‘politics as usual’ is due to the fact that outsiders are now ruling the land. Donald Trump has ushered in an era of change and he’ll be uniquely focused on leading the United States away from longtime standards of operation. In order for President Trump to be successful in his quest, he’ll have to find help from other members of his administration and this means that outsiders are going to have to be brought in to help organize the change. Among these outsiders in the administration is Betsy DeVos, a Calvin College graduate who has been focused entirely on reforming the state of American education. Let’s learn more about DeVos in order to see what makes her tick and why her work will be pivotal tot he future of the country.

 

You don’t have to look far in order to find problems with the state of the American education system. In fact, the act of even looking will lead you to realize that something needs to be done. Betsy DeVos has become an icon within the education reform movement for conservatives and Republicans around the country. She has spent the better part of the past thirty years focused on making the work of Milton Friedman and the concept of school choice more popular than ever. School choice essentially argues that the government should not intervene in the role of education. DeVos, like many conservatives, believes that the role of education should belong to parents and private institutions with little to no government meddling. This, believe it or not, was once a fringe position. Now, thanks to DeVos hard work in Michigan, the position no longer exists solely on the fringe.

 

How did DeVos come to being a devout believer in school education? Well, she cites having school-age children as being one of her guiding factors. When Betsy and her husband Dick Devos were searching for a school for their children, they ended up going to the Potter’s House Christian School. This school was known for being part of the school choice movement as it serviced low-income families in a way that public education simply could not. DeVos immediately fell in love with the school, claiming that the environment was simply ‘electric’ with learning, excitement and understanding.

 

Since DeVos became a proponent of school choice, she has helped to lead the movement to 17 states around the country. Now, more than half of a million students are enrolled in private, school choice institutions. With DeVos finding this kind of success as a mere civilian, we can only assume that she’ll be significantly more successful with the might of the federal government at her back, much less the mandate of President Trump himself urging her to keep working.

 

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