I wanted to learn more about Betsy DeVos after she was appointed to be the Secretary of Education. I was surprised at what I didn’t know about her, outside of the fact that she has four children and five grandchildren. That let me think of her differently, in that she was once a concerned mother that was seeking the best for her children and their education. Betsy viewed everything she fought for through the eyes of a concerned mother, and she fell into the role as an advocate for children. It has been 28 years that Betsy has been fighting for a better education for children across the country, and it served her well for the preparation of her new role in government as the Secretary of Education.
As an activist, Betsy was fully aware that she would come into the educational system as an outsider, striving to make things better for not just her children but for their children and all others. Serving in local and state offices, she is fully aware of the challenges that arise when the educational system goes through multiple changes. I can see her point of view on how the political process is similar to putting everything into place. Having performed her duties in local and state government, I feel that Betsy is equipped to take on this role, and I’m anxious to see the first phase of changes. Read more news on The New York Times.
I was unaware that Betsy is an entrepreneur like her husband. I was aware that her husband Dick DeVos was an entrepreneur, but I did not realize that Betsy herself was no stranger to starting and building successful companies. The ultimate goal for her was to find ways to make the community better and more profitable for all families living in the community. The end result was that she would find a way for funds to be given to the schools that so desperately needed it.
One of the biggest complaints I would like to see addresses is with Common Core. It was a relief to hear that she was not a supporter of this system in any way. I had spoken with many of my friends whose children were trying to adapt to Common Core, and they found it very difficult. This was insightful for me, as a mother looking for someone to step into this role that would be accountable to others as well as to themselves. A quality education for all children, regardless of where they live is the greatest passion of Betsy DeVos. I can appreciate the fervor that she has as she approaches the school systems and what they are doing now.