President Trump rose to prominence during the 2016 Election Cycle due to the fact that he was proudly a prominent outsider. Not beholden to the traditional rules of the political establishment, Donald Trump managed to galvanize a part of America that wanted to see change on a national level. That same outsider mentality, the one that got President Trump elected, was the driving force behind President Trump’s decision to nominate Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education for the United States of America. Betsy DeVos came to Washington D.C. as an outsider and now she’ll be working tirelessly in order to enact true reformation from within the hallowed halls of the Department of Education.
Any parent in the last fifty years will tell you that public schooling is not in great shape. Despite all of the funding that is getting shoveled toward the problem of American education, results simply aren’t stacking up in a meaningful way. Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, is looking to fundamentally change the solution in order to fix the problem. Betsy DeVos was raised in Michigan after being born into a small Dutch community in the town of Holland, MI. She grew up in a prominent and wealthy family, the Prince family, where she learned the values of reformation, faith, and conservatism. Her brother, Erik Prince, is a prominent security contractor while her father owns an automobile business. Betsy DeVos is seeking to stake her claim as an innovator in the field of education by promoting educational choice.
Educational choice is a concept that was initially developed by Milton Friedman in his paper, ‘The Role Of Government In Education’. Milton Friedman made the first ‘principled argument’ for school choice in the history of American politics, according to Betsy DeVos. It was his work that drove DeVos to look closely at the problems facing America’s educational system and it was that work that drove Betsy DeVos to commit her life to reform education forever. For all of this, what does educational choice actually mean?
Educational choice, as proposed by Betsy DeVos, essentially argues for public funding to be made available for private institutions, charter schools and religious schools. Betsy DeVos believes that the government should do more than just support public schools, they should support all schools. With public funding being spread around, DeVos hopes to inspire more institutions to work harder and to improve their output.
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