I have always been impressed by people who feel they have the fight and strength to withstand the difficulties that often go along with the need to stand up for an inherent right of any individual. In my own opinion, newly installed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos should be applauded for the strength of character she has shown in joining the education reform movement when it was in its infancy to becoming a leading figure in the mainstream U.S. education system at a time when, I feel, politics is looking beyond the traditional choices for a range of different positions; the installation of Betsy DeVos as the Education secretary in February 2017 was a pivotal moment in the work of the education reform movement and the impressive work I have witnessed Secretary DeVos complete on a regular basis. Follow Betsy on Twitter.
Education reform is the best known aspect of the work of Betsy DeVos and has been the cause for which she has become known for over the course of around three decades shining a light on the problems facing families across the U.S. in terms of obtaining a high quality education. Although I agree with Mrs. DeVos that a single incident cannot define the way an individual feels about a particular subject, such as education reform, her family continues to financially support the Potter’s House Christian School that is often cited by the Education Secretary as inspiring her need to play a role in greater levels of school choice across the U.S.; this school has been serving low-income families across the Grand Rapids, Michigan region for many decades and in meeting families struggling to provide a high quality education Betsy DeVos felt an inspirational need to fight on their behalf.
I believe the personal history of Betsy DeVos has had a major impact on her life as her own mother was a public school teacher; although I have rarely read Secretary DeVos discuss her mother as a major influence, it is surely possible the exposure to public school environments from a young age led to Betsy becoming an in school advocate for at risk students and later a major force in the education reform movement. I may have become aware of Betsy DeVos because of her work in the education reform movement, but there is much more to the life and work of the Education Secretary than simply the desire to improve educational options for students across the board. Instead, Mrs. DeVos has continued her move to become a major political figure, a role I believe began in her days as a politically motivated student at Calvin College and continued with her work as the twice elected chair of the Michigan Republican Party. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.