When I heard that Betsy DeVos was going to be appointed as the Secretary of Education, I had a lot of questions. As a first time mother to an almost three year old, I was curious about how schools function. After all, I’m 40, and it has been forever since I was in school. The great thing is that I now get to teach my daughter what I can at home, and it’s fun watching her develop. My greatest fear as a mother was that when she finally went to school, I was uncertain about how much she would learn. I didn’t know how schools had changed, and I had heard so much about kids struggling.
Having a been a mother herself, I know Betsy knows and understands what that feels like. She had four children of her own in school at one time, and now that she has grandchildren she is still involved and has been with education for many years. Although Betsy has not been a teacher, she doesn’t need to be in order to totally rock this position. I’m looking at this from the viewpoint that she is a woman that would love to see children excel, and she is looking at this position through the eyes of a mother and a grandmother.
Betsy DeVos has been involved in politics for nearly 28 years, and her job as the Secretary of Education will still be to work with politicians and those who work at the state level to help reform education. Betsy isn’t going to work with teachers directly, and she isn’t going to work with students directly. I’m thrilled that someone with so much experience in politics and working to excel education in the past is in this position.
I don’t know how a bill becomes a law, but what I do know is that Betsy DeVos is going to be working in this capacity with experience in politics to see how education bills can influence laws regarding education. I also know and have seen that she stands behinds children getting a quality education regardless of where they live. This is critical to children that are considered high-risk. They all deserve the same opportunities as any other child to learn, get tutoring when needed, and get the bet curriculum. It is safe to say in my opinion that Betsy is the absolute best choice at this time.
There are many experienced teachers out there that have been around for as long as she has, but they can and should work hand in hand together to reform education. That reform of the education system is her job, not to teach or write the curriculum itself.
Visit Betsy’s family foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.