Betsy DeVos: Giving Children the Chance to Prove Themselves

For many industries, the privatization of such has produced a very robust economy with an environment geared towards the measurement of technological advances. Betsy DeVos believes that is education had more privatization that there would be a bigger incentive for exceptional growth in that area. The problem seems to be that the public school systems all over America have grown complacent. They do not strive to become the best. Their student population is short. Instead of being forced to adhere to a standard of exceptional growth the schools are instead expected to reach a benchmark that is on par with all schools across the country. This benchmark requires them to reach a certain test score average to ensure funding. While funding is a huge motivator to do well, it is not as motivating as a potential for complete failure. These schools know that there is a built-in safety net around them.


Betsy DeVos believes that the public school system should feel the crunch of the business world. They have taken one of the most sacred and valuable experiences in human development and made it one of the worst experiences. Education is important. Children are going through a time of development in their lives that requires them to learn certain aspects of foundational knowledge. Instead of feeling empowered by the information that they are learning many of the children are feeling dampened. It can be a very frustrating experience for both the children and their parents. Parents are in a unique position where they can change the trajectory of their children’s future or allow their children to continue in the public school system in their area. For many of them, they did not understand that they can make this choice and still be able to afford education.


Betsy DeVos is looking for a way to make it possible that students of multiple socioeconomic backgrounds can attend these charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling. While homeschooling provides the lowest economic challenge to parents who are looking to change their children’s educational institution, it can also require a lot of the parents’ time. Charter schools are a good option for parents with children who are performing exceptionally well or have the potential to perform well. They may be able to attend a charter school that has a public school model or a low tuition-based system. Betsy DeVos explains in her interview with Philanthropy Roundtable that private schools are becoming a viable option as well. The older private schools have a lower tuition base, but she is also looking at ways to expand scholarship programs so that children may be able to utilize these options. The point that she is trying to make is that parents have education options available to them. What they need to do is take the time to figure out what would be best for their own children. The process of education is as unique as people are themselves. Some will benefit from different forms better than others. Her hope is that all children get the chance to prove themselves.


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