Finding capable and stable leadership in high ranking government positions can be a difficult job. It can be even more difficult when that position has to be filled by someone who is genuinely passionate about their work. Fortunately for President Trump and the White House, the position of Secretary of Education has been taken up by Betsy DeVos — a hardline Republican from Michigan who believes in the concept of the voucher system and school choice. DeVos comes to Washington with a long history of pro-school choice work in her past and that is definitely worth digging into.
The role of government in education has always been a hotly contested concept. For decades people have wondered just how involved the government should be in the role of educating a child. Readers can go back more than 50 years in order to learn about Milton Friedman who famously penned, “The Role of Government in Education”. This was one of the first missives that expanded upon the concept of school choice. Now, decades later, school choice is finally getting a mainstream hero in the form of Betsy DeVos.DeVos knows that school choice has come a long way and that there is still a long way to go, however that doesn’t stop her from staying optimistic. Her work has been heralded as more than just important to the role of government in education, but essential. DeVos says, “I’ve never been more optimistic.” She goes on to recite all of the important statistics that show a serious surge in the sphere of school choice. DeVos points out that there are more than 250,000 students enrolled in 33 different publicly funded, private choice schools throughout 17 different states. I almost didn’t believe the numbers, this was a sign of serious growth potential.
One thing that many people have against government officials is that they don’t feel like they are truly working for them. I’ve always thought that government officials merely come up and adopt the stance that their administration needs in order to get things done. However, this clearly is not the case with Betsy DeVos. DeVos has been a devout school choice advocate for decades and she has been trying to get things done in that field since well before it was popular to do so. Betsy and her husband, Dick, have been trying to work Michigan into a state that embraces school choice for decades now.For DeVos, finding peace through school choice education has been the mission of her life and it is something that she will continue to tackle at the highest educational role in government. DeVos’ work has thus far stood for itself and there is genuine hope that it will continue to do so in the future. Follow her on Twitter : https://twitter.com/BetsyDeVos?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor