What we need to know about Betsy Devos


Most people don’t realize how polarizing education reform has been in America since it was announced in the 1980s that the country had a failing schools problem. It seemed that no one had the ability to fix it either. While some preached homework, standardized testing, Common Core Math, and other philosophies, there has been no evidence that any of these have actually worked to improve the minds of America’s youth.

 

Betsy Devos came into office of the US Education Secretary in a timultuous time. While many believe that she is unfit because she has never been a teacher, many have also pointed out that she has tremendous experience in education reform and business, and she has worked with several educators and schools in the past.

 

In fact, she has donated a lot through the Devos Family Foundation, helping out schools and providing scholarships to children in need. Devos says that philanthropy has been the biggest supporter in the fight to help students in the US get a better education.

 

In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” Devos talked to Leslie Stahl about the new programs and what she thinks is the most successful program. She belives that it will take a few more years to actually see full programs. After all, it’s been more than 20 years since standardized testing was introduced, and it hasn’t been able to improve much either.

 

Students and teachers are polarized on this topic. While many public school administrators don’t think that it’s fair that the focus should be on voice rather than funding, it’s been good to see that students are excited to go back to school, and they are getting to pick their own programs.

 

For example, in Florida, students are able to pick an educational choice program, which includes a magnet program, virtual school, homeschooling, private school, or charter school. Devos has always been a supporter of private school education. In fact, she has founded her own charter school in Michigan called the West Michigan Aviation Academy.

 

Many don’t realize that Devos has other challenges as well. She has been put in charge of America’s school safety reform by President Trump. Students returned to school this fall with a whole new procedure and security guidelines.

 

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